Madurai

Relatives receive body of biker from GRH

Their demands forwarded to government through Collector: police

MADURAI

The relatives of T. Vivekanandakumar, who succumbed to injuries after allegedly beaten by a policeman, received his body from the Government Rajaji Hospital here on Friday.

Vivekanandakumar was riding a two-wheeler near the MGR bridge across the Vaigai around 11.30 p.m. on Saturday, when a policeman allegedly wielded a lathi at him during a vehicle check. Falling down from the bike, Vivekanandakumar later succumbed to his injuries. However, the police maintained that the rider was under the influence of alcohol and hence he fell down losing balance.

Following this, V. Gajapriya, wife of Vivekanandakumar, had petitioned the Collector in-charge, demanding punishment for the policeman responsible for her husband’s death and transfer of investigation to the CB-CID. The relatives had demanded videographing of the post mortem.

Gajapriya then attempted to commit suicide by hanging at her residence in S. Alangulam on Tuesday. The relatives complained that the police investigation was one-sided. Subsequently, the police suspended a constable, as a measure to ensure fair investigation. In the preliminary investigation, the police had claimed that the lathi swung at Vivekanandakumar hit only the bike and not the rider. The family of Vivekanandakumar had then demanded a compensation of ₹25 lakh and a government job.

On Friday, after the post mortem was over, the relatives took the body from GRH. A compensation of ₹2,00,000 was given on behalf of the government. A senior police officer said that the investigation remained under the Assistant Commissioner, Crime Records Bureau, and that the demands of the relatives of Vivekanandakumar had been forwarded to the government.

‘Major head injury was cause of death’

Post mortem report of Vivekanandakumar suggested that a major head injury was the cause of his death. A subdural haematoma and haemorrhage were seen over cerebral hemispheres. There was also a fracture at the base of the skull measuring 4 cm.

Apart from this, the ribs of the deceased were fractured too. The bruises were noted on the anterior axillary line or the outer side of the chest. Blood clot was observed in chest cavity. A dried blood stain was also noted over the right ear, according to the post mortem report privy to The Hindu.

Advocate S. Vanchinathan, who is representing the family of the deceased, said that the injury to the chest coincided with the eyewitness testimony by A. Saravanakumar that the victim was attacked with a lathi on the chest. “We want the police to alter the FIR by incorporating Section 304 Part II (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in the place of Section 304 (A) (Death caused by negligence). The investigation must be speeded up and the officers should look at the CCTV footage as soon as possible to ensure that the other police personnel involved in the incident were questioned,” he said. He said that the worst part of the incident was that the police personnel did not even provide first aid.

A senior doctor said that the injuries were typical signs of a road traffic accident and said that the biochemical test would ascertain if the deceased was under the influence of alcohol.

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