When the Justice of the Peace requested officers to supply their lathis, they first behaved like they might not hear the request.
A 3-page report, submitted by Kovilpatti Justice of the Peace MS Bharathidasan to the Registrar of the Madras Excessive Court docket, has stunning particulars of the dying of father-son duo Jayaraj and Bennix. A lady police officer named Revathi is the one particular person from the Sathankulam station who was keen to state what occurred on the night time of June 19 and has confirmed to be an essential eyewitness within the case.
The Justice of the Peace visited the station on June 28, to document the statements of the cops current there and to assemble proof within the alleged custodial deaths case.
Within the report, which TNM has accessed, the Justice of the Peace states that the feminine officer was extraordinarily scared to reveal particulars of what came about within the Sathankulam police station. The witness requested the Justice of the Peace to not reveal her identification and even that she was giving any statements concerning the incidents on June 19. Her concern was so acute that the officer advised the Justice of the Peace that she had considerations over her colleagues standing exterior the room, spying on what she needed to inform him. Following this, the Justice of the Peace positioned two court docket staff exterior the room to guard her.
In her assertion, the lady officer advised the Justice of the Peace that Jayaraj and Bennix had been crushed by the night time of June 19 and that lathis and tables had blood stains on them. She additional said that the police had been making an attempt to destroy the blood-stained proof and that these objects must be taken by the Justice of the Peace instantly.
Portion from Justice of the Peace’s report which talks about assault on Jayaraj and Bennix
Upon taking a print of her assertion on paper, the officer mentioned she’s going to signal it after a while and went to the decrease ground of the station from the higher ground. When the Justice of the Peace was leaving, he requested the pinnacle officer to signal the doc of her assertion, however she resisted. The Justice of the Peace then assured her that she shall be protected and stored protected, following which she agreed to signal the paper.
Regardless of his efforts to create a protected environment for the witness, different cops within the station had been intimidating.
The Justice of the Peace says that even after putting court docket staff exterior the room, the cops from the station gathered below a neem tree on the left facet of the station and heckled the staff, making a disruptive surroundings and making the method of recording statements tough.
The Justice of the Peace notes that the feminine officer seemed to be scared and below the impression that giving her assertion would result in her receiving threats from the cops. Since she appeared anxious, the Justice of the Peace provides, ample time was given for her to relax.
Taking the lathis from the police station
Upon listening to the witness’ revelations, the Justice of the Peace then requested the related officers to supply their lathis earlier than him. Initially, the police behaved like they couldn’t hear the Justice of the Peace and later, when he insisted, they produced their lathis to him.
“A police officer named Maharaja then mentioned, ‘You’ll be able to’t do something’, in a manner that I may hear and in an insulting method. This created an uneasy state of affairs there,” says the Justice of the Peace in his submission. “Once I requested for his lathi he initially mentioned that it was in his hometown, then he mentioned it was within the police quarters. Then he stored strolling in all instructions, spoke to me disrespectfully and mentioned he doesn’t have a lathi in any respect,” the Justice of the Peace provides.
One other police officer when requested to supply his lathi, jumped over the compound and escaped from the police station.
No CCTV footage
With a purpose to acquire the CCTV footage in connection to the case, a techniques officer from the district court docket was dropped at the station. Primarily based on the order of the Collector and district officers an area photographer and a CCTV skilled had been additionally dropped at the station.
“The CCTV arduous disc was examined within the presence of the techniques officer and it was discovered that regardless that the disc had sufficient space for storing (1 TB), it was set in such a fashion that information was auto-erased every day,” says the Justice of the Peace. “There was no video information of any incidence since June 19. No information had been discovered and every little thing was erased,” he provides.
Portion from Justice of the Peace’s report about CCTV footage
The Justice of the Peace then took the arduous disc below his management because it may function essential proof.
Intimidating the Justice of the Peace?
In his submission, Kovilpatti Justice of the Peace MS Bharathidasan, clearly states that the police current within the station had been trying to intimidate him and create an environment of concern.
When the Justice of the Peace went to the station ADSP D Kumar and DSP Prathapan had been current on the venue. The Justice of the Peace says they each didn’t acknowledge his presence and even salute him.
“D Kumar was exhibiting physique language to indicate his bodily energy and didn’t appear to behave just like the court docket was intently analyzing this case,” says the Justice of the Peace. “When requested for paperwork and proof in connection to the case, D Kumar didn’t carry this out appropriately and disrespectfully addressed the station’s policemen and requested them to convey it,” he provides.
The Justice of the Peace additional provides that when the inquiry started at 1pm, he requested the station author to convey him information and studies in connection to the case, and that this course of was delayed.
Even when he was leaving, the Justice of the Peace says policemen within the station had been taking movies and threatening the court docket officers. The Justice of the Peace thus left the station after 15 hours of inquiry and didn’t keep in a single day in Sathankulam. As an alternative he went to a authorities visitor home in Tiruchendur.
He then submitted particulars of the inquiry over phone to the District Justice of the Peace.
Watch: A report on the Justice of the Peace’s submissions