The state government is yet to act against those responsible for the assault on the two men. No FIR has been registered against the police personnel who allegedly tortured the father-son duo for violating Covid curfew in Sathankulam, the government doctor who certified them as “fit” for custody, the magistrate who remanded them in custody and the jail personnel who admitted them with bleeding injuries.
Earlier this month, the Sathankulam police was accused of killing a man who was picked up for questioning. Similarly, the police at Kayalpattinam, which also falls in Tuticorin district, are accused of damaging a curfew violator’s kidneys.
Hundreds of thousands of tweets were sent out using the hashtag #JusticeforJayarajandBennix, that was among the top Twitter topics trending in India on Friday and among the top 30 trending globally, with celebrities, sportspersons and politicians condemning the police action.
“The George Floyds of India are far too many,” tweeted Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani. Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan took to social media to demand justice for the father-son duo.
Will Indians march on streets in thousands(forget lakhs), like America? Will our government pass laws for a more hu… https://t.co/CkPLgIl0EP
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) 1593183667000
Inspite of the clear guidelines given by the NHRC , and even after 4 days, No FIR has been filed in the Sathankulam… https://t.co/DGzRKnzseq
— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) 1593245025000
#JUSTICEFORJAYARAJANDBENNIX Speak up against police brutality!
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) 1593250821000
Meanwhile, even 24 hours after the postmortem, the nature of injuries inflicted on Jayaraj and Beniks by the police is yet to be revealed.
The FIR filed by the police claims the injuries were self-inflicted; that the two men rolled on the ground to hurt themselves.
The Madurai bench of the Madras high court, which had taken suo motu note of the custodial deaths and called for a report, has now asked the government to provide yoga and psychological counselling sessions for cops stressed because of the pandemic.
The state government said it would comply with the court orders, which are awaited.