CHENNAI: The CBI has charge-sheeted nine Tamil Nadu policemen for murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence in the custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and his son J Benicks of Sathankulam in Tuticorin district in June this year.
The nine suspended policemen — Sathankulam inspector S Sridhar, sub-inspectors K Balakrishnan and P Raghuganesh, head constables S Murugan and A Samadurai, and constables M Muthuraja, S Chelladurai, Thomas Francis and S Veilumuthu — were also charged under various sections of the IPC for misconduct by a police official, intentionally giving false evidence, making false charges and criminal act.
The chargesheet filed before the chief judicial magistrate in Madurai on Friday revealed that the father and son, arrested on June 19 evening, were tortured at the Sathankulam police station in the evening as well as in the intervening night.
The victims died in the intervening night of June 22 and 23 due to their injuries.
CBI officials said that nine CBI team members, while camping in TN in connection with the case, tested positive for Covid-19. A CBI team had camped continuously in Madurai and worked on the case amid the pandemic.
The CBI registered two cases on July 7 in the custodial deaths of the two traders.
The agency is continuing its probe to investigate the role of other people in the case.