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Delighted By The Action Taken In Tamil Nadu Custodial Deaths: Former Vice Chairman, Minorities Commission

Stressing that more swift action could have been taken in this case, Dr. Mathai added, “It’s highly probable that the CM is complicit in this attempted cover up as he failed miserably to initiate proper and appropriate action.”

Dr. Abraham Mathai, chairman of Harmony Foundation & former Vice Chairman of Minorities Commission, expressed that justice finally appears to have been done in the double murder of Jayaraj and his son Bennix in the police custody after action was taken against accused policemen and arrests were made.

“We are greatly delighted that justice finally appears to have being done in the double murder of Jayaraj and his son Bennix in the police custody. The arrest of 4 notorious policemen including Inspector Sridhar, Sub Inspector Ragu Ganesh and 2 constables among the six named in the FIR is a clear indication that the pursuit for justice is now irreversible and attempts to cover up the tracks of the killers have been hindered by the Madras High Court order to a great extent,” Dr. Mathai said.

Stressing that more swift action could have been taken in this case, Dr. Mathai added, “It’s highly probable that the CM is complicit in this attempted cover up as he failed miserably to initiate proper and appropriate action as the present CB CID investigation could have been initiated by his directives without the instructions of the High Court. By trying to placate the bereaved family by paying a financial compensation of Rs.25 lacs, the CM assumed he had done justice and tried to shield the accused by not registering FIR against the culprits and with the disappearance of 19th June CCTV footage of the Sathankulam police station, the CM has connived to weaken the evidence of the case.”

Stating that the arrest of accused policemen will serve as an example in future, the former Vice Chairman of Minorities Commission said, “The eventual arrests and trial of all the six policemen will definitely serve as the example to their counterparts across the country. When assaults against citizens take place by those tasked with protecting them, the law should be harsher in punishing the guilty. If not, we will gallop toward a state of anarchy.”

Highlighting that the battle will be won once the accused get convicted, Dr. Mathai said, “Today the battle is won but the war is still far off and yet to be concluded victoriously. Until all evidence is gathered and a watertight case is built strongly against the accused which leads to their conviction we can’t say finally that the war has been won.”

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