Twelve police officials have been chargesheeted in connection with the custodial death of a man at Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli district in 2005.

The officials including two DSPs were charged under different sections of the Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy, murder, wrongful confinement, Tamil Nadu Crime Branch-CID, which probed the case, said in a release.

Mohamed Masood, who was picked up for questioning by local police in November 2005, did not return home following which his wife petitioned the Chief Minister’s cell.

Subsequently a missing case was filed at Kadayanallur, the CB-CID said.

The case was handed over to the CB-CID in 2007. “It was disclosed that the missing person picked up for questioning in a case was tortured and done to death,” the release said, adding Madurai Bench of the Madras High court had ordered a probe by the Revenue Divisional Officer.

Following the state government’s direction last year to the agency subsequent to the RDO probe, CB-CID carried out detailed investigation into the case.

The agency filed a chargesheet before the Judicial Magistrate, Tenkasi on November 10 against an ADSP, two DSPs, two Inspectors, two sub-Inspectors and five Head Constables, the release said.

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