Five police personnel, including a woman sub-inspector and a head constable, were suspended in connection with the assault on an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer in the Vyasarpadi police station last week.
Police sources said the arrested personnel, who had all been under probation, were Pachamuthu, an SI with the Vyasapadi police, Mukundan and Ashok Thomas Durai (both SIs with the MKB Nagar police), Sonia Gandhi, an SI with the MKB Nagar All Woman police, Karthik, an SI with the special police investigation team of Vyasarpadi police and Mangaladas, a head constable with the Vyasarpadi police.
Except for Pachamuthu, who was suspended for the assault, the others were suspended on administrative grounds and placed under vacancy reserve. They will now be stationed at the office of the joint commissioner of police (north zone) in Parrys Corner.
According to the police, the SIs had assisted Pachamuthu in the brutal assault on the IB officer on June 11. “No superior officer had given the nod for the unilateral investigation by Pachamuthu and those suspended who went along with him to the IB officer’s house on that day. This is against the norms. Their act has brought disgrace to the police force,” said a senior police officer.
In the early hours of June 11, Bhoopalan, a second-year law student, absconded after assaulting Bhasakaran, an SI, and Prabhakaran, a home guard, who were on night patrol in Vyasarpadi. Later in the day, the five police personnel, led by Pachamuthu, went to the home of Bhoopalan’s elder brother, Thirunavukkarasu, who is an assistant central intelligence officer with the IB and now posted in Andhra Pradesh. They demanded to know the whereabouts of Bhoopalan.
Following an argument, Thirunavukkarasu was taken to the Vyasarpadi police station where he was grilled, despite his family members showing his identity card to the personnel at the station. The next day, the IB officer was admitted at Kamachi National Hospital in Mannady in north Chennai with serious injuries, including crushed palms, a fractured left leg, and neck and stomach injuries. His family members had alleged the injuries had been caused by personnel at the police station.
“I was neither delighted nor worried over the suspension (of the police personnel). I only hope no one else has to go through such an experience,” said a dejected Thirunavukkarasu, who was discharged from the hospital on Monday.
The suspended SIs were batchmates of Pachamuthu at the State Police Training College in the city in 2011.
“All of them are young and short tempered. In fact, on earlier occasions, many personnel have complained about the rude behaviour of Pachamuthu with them and as well as with senior colleagues in the department. A personnel with a direct recruitment as an SI can reach the level of a joint commissioner. This suspension will ruin their career,” said a senior police officer.
The suspension was based on the order of the city police commissioner, S. George, after a preliminary inquiry by the deputy commissioner of police (Pulianthope), R. Sudhakar, established that the police personnel had been involved in the assault.