Chennai: The State Human Rights Commission directed the Superintendent of Police, Krishnagiri, district to file a detailed report in connection with death of a 20-year old youth in police custody. Based on report published in Deccan Chronicle dated September 9, SHRC member Dr. A. Chittaranjan Mohandoss directed the SP to file the report in two weeks.
The report titled 'Youth killed in police custody, claims mom', alleged that the Krishnagiri crime branch police who took into custody a youth, J. Madhan Kumar (20) for an alleged theft case, admitted him to the Uthangarai government hospital, where he died in the early hours of Sunday.
The boy's relatives claimed that the accused died due to custodial torture after police arrested him a few days ago from Mathur, near Pulliyandapatti village in Uthangarai taluk in the district.
Madhu's mother J. Sivagamani, in her petition to Mathur police inspector stated that her son was last seen by her when he was in police custody at Krishnagiri. He was kept chained and he had cried to save him from the police torture, she said.
At around 1.30 am on Sunday, a police team came in three vehicles to her house and asked Sivagamani and her husband Jaganathan to accompany them. However they declined. Meanwhile, hospital staff from Uthangarai GH informed them of Madhu's death and that his body was kept in the GH mortuary.
The relatives protested, demanding action against the policemen who according to them had beaten Madhu to death.
They also wanted the autopsy conducted in the Dharmapuri government medical college and
hospital (DGMCH) mortuary by an expert team. Police accepted their plea and sent the body for autopsy to DGMCH.