The Kovilapatti Judicial Magistrate has filed a detail report on the 15-hour long investigation that he and his team conducted at the Sathankulam Police Station, where father-son duo P Jayaraj and J Beniks were tortured by the Tamil Nadu Police.
What has come to light from the judicial probe are shocking details of police highhandedness, intimidation and arrogance even in front of the magistrate.
SATHANKULAM COPS NON-COOPERATIVE
The magistrate in his report notes that he and his team reached the Sathankulam station on June 28, at 12:45 pm. There, ASP D Kumar and DSP C Prathapan were in the station and the magistrate wrote, “I was not greeted or saluted when I went in. D Kunar was rather showing a body language which was like a showcasing of his strength, with an attempt to intimidate us. He was also instructing his subordinates in a threatening tone.”
Further, the judge wrote about the behaviour of constable Maharajan, who is now suspended for contempt of court. The magistrate noted that though multiple questions were asked of Maharaja, didn’t answer any properly.
The magistrate noted that the investigation began at 1 pm and there were delays in presenting documents and records to the judicial team. The magistrate and his team went about photographing the data and when the CCTV footage was to be checked, it was found that footage from June 19, the day the Tuticorin police arrested and assaulted the father-son duo was deleted.
HEAD CONSTABLE REVEALS BRUTALITY OF TORTURE
Later, the magistrate recorded the account given by Head Constable Revathi. He notes that the Head Constable was worried that people will hear her statement. To allow her to give her statement calmly, the magistrate had to depute his guard to stand outside the investigation room.
But the magistrate notes that the station’s police officials gathered outside under a tree and started making remarks and kept interrupting the proceeding by making sly remarks.
However, Revathi, in her statement, said that the two prisoners were beaten till the early hours of June 20 and the lathis with which they were beaten were fully bloodstained.
The situation in the station was so bad that Head Constable Revathi was reluctant to sign the statement she had given and after a lot of convincing she signed her statement.
POLICE REFUSES TO HAND OVER EVIDENCE
As per procedure, the lathis were to be taken into custody but initially, the Sathankulam officials ignored the request. Then while handing over the lathi, Maharajan said, “You can’t touch us”. The magistrate also said that the police officials were reluctant to hand over their lathis and made several excuses and one of them even escaped from the station.
During the probe, many of the police officials kept recording videos on their phone and trying to intimidate the judicial team.
“The situation was not good and police were taking videos on the phone, and were intimidating the investigation team. At 5 am we returned to the official quarters and immediately all the details of the happening were informed over the phone to the district judge “ read the report of the magistrate.