Chennai Magistrate begins probe on Lankan’s death

bodyChennai Judicial Magistrate, Alandur, P Vidhya, began investigation into a Sri Lankan Tamil person’s death from injuries allegedly sustained while in custody with the Chennai city police, the New Indian Express reported.

Various political outfits including VCK and MDMK have demanded that the police inspector be booked under murder charges.

On Friday, K Mohan, (45), a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee and resident of Ram Garden, Medavakkam, died in a private hospital after custodial interrogation at the Pallikaranai police station. Mohan was initially arrested by a team from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) and later handed over to Pallikaranai Police. A case of custodial death was registered by Pallikaranai police requiring a judicial probe as mandated by Criminal Procedure Code.

Judicial Magistrate, P Vidhya, visited family members and recorded their statements. She also visited the morgue at Government Royapettah Hospital where the body of the deceased was kept and examined the body and recording any injuries on the body.

Advocate Jayavel who was representing the family of the deceased told Express that the entire process of the post-mortem was being videographed.

Meanwhile, a section of pro-Tamil outfits attempted to storm the Pallikaranai police station seeking action against the cops responsible for the death.

Ahead of the judge’s arrival at Royapettah morgue, members of VCK and MDMK staged a protest. The protesters were pacified by the cops and dispersed allowing the inquiry of the Judicial Magistrate to be done without hindrance.

Sumitra, sister-in-law of the deceased, said that the deceased was living in the city for about 15 years. His first wife is in Sri Lanka and the family is planning to bury the body here at the Krishnampet burial ground. (Colombo Gazette)


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