Aruppukottai custodial death case transferred to CB-CID in Tamil Nadu

Madras high court orders family members to retrieve the body of their son . Petition was filed by P Thangamari whose youngest son, Thangapandi, died in police custody .

MADURAI: After the state announced that the case relating to the alleged custodial death of a man in Aruppukottai has been transferred to CB-CID, the Madras high court summoned the family members to retrieve the body and cooperate with the investigation.The court ruled that there can be no religion on a dead body and that no communal color should be given to it.The order was given by Justice Sathi Kumar Sukumara Kurup after settling a petition brought by P Thangamari, a resident of Aruppukottai taluk in Virudhunagar district, whose youngest son, Thangapandi, 32, died in police custody on September 14.The petitioner said his son was married and has two children and was not involved in a criminal investigation.

When they came to the police station, they were told that Thangapandi was ineffective mentally and asked them to take him to the hospital.Thangamari said that police brought Thangapandi to the station once more the night he was admitted to the hospital.Around 5.30 a.m. on September 14, he received a call from the station urging him to go to the Aruppukottai government hospital.Doctors informed him that Thangapandi had been brought dead when he travelled to the hospital.

Locals caught him and turned him over to the police, who noticed that Thangapandi was of a perilous mind.They handed him over to his relatives and told them to take him to the hospital.The police returned Thangapandi the day after the residents reacted to his inaction.A case was prosecuted under Section 176(1)(A) Cr PC, based on a complaint filed by Thangapandis' wife.

The petitioner referred to the CB-CID trial in the case, claiming that it was a case of custodial death.Justice Sathi Kumar Sukumara Kurup said that the DGP had already opened an investigation to protect the petitioner's interests and avoid unnecessary backlash from the local police.It is therefore ineffective to shift the probe to another department.