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HC seeks report from GRH on boy’s death

The mother of the 17-year-old boy from Madurai moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court seeking a CB-CID probe, alleging that he was subjected to custodial torture.   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

MADURAI

Taking serious note of the shoddy conduct of the authorities concerned in the alleged case of custodial torture and resultant death of a boy, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday asked for further details.

Justice N. Seshasayee, who had ordered a post mortem, questioned why the Government Rajaji Hospital had not conducted the post mortem in the first place, despite injury marks on the boy. Wondering if there was any nexus between the authorities in the case, the court sought a clear report from the GRH Dean and adjourned hearing till March 25.

The court had earlier sought reports from the Commissioner of Police, Madurai, and Juvenile Justice Board. Is it prima facie a case of suspicious death or murder, the court had asked the authorities.

The mother of the 17-year-old boy from Madurai moved the court seeking a CB-CID probe, alleging that he was subjected to custodial torture by S.S. Colony police. She claimed that her son was first picked up by the police on January 7 for an inquiry in a case of jewel theft and subsequently let off.

However, a week later, the woman said that the police had informed her that they suspected her son’s involvement in the theft and again picked him up for inquiry. She said that her son was kept in illegal custody for three days and subjected to torture.

The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board and a complaint was raised over his alleged torture by the police. Following the complaint, the boy was admitted to the GRH where he succumbed to injuries on January 24.

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