TAMIL NADU

Two police officers asked to pay compensation

K.T. Sangameswaran

They had beaten up a mentally deranged boy

CHENNAI: Two police officers, including a Sub-Inspector, have been asked by the State Human Rights Commission to pay a compensation of Rs.15,000 to a mentally deranged boy for rights violation.

Passing orders on a complaint filed by his father C. Arumugham, of Kangeyanallur in Vellore district, the Bench comprising members Justice S. Thangaraj and K. Mariappan recommended that T. Muralidharan, the then Sub-Inspector, and D. Preethi Jayakumar, head constable of the Viruthampattu station, pay the complainant Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively.

The State Government should pay the sum and recover it from their salaries in instalment.

Probe ordered

Mr. Arumugham submitted that in April 2006, a constable took his son Ravi and his friend Vijayan to the Viruthampattu station on a complaint from Amudha, beat them up indiscriminately and tortured his son.

The rights body ordered a probe by its investigation wing, which submitted a positive report.

In their counter, the police officers denied the allegation.

The Bench said Ravi submitted that he was beaten up in the police station. Vijayan said the police removed their upper garments in the station before beating them up. Ravi fell sick after the beating.

As for Preethi Jayakumar’s contention that after registering Amudha’s complaint, he did not send any constable to bring Ravi and Vijayan, the Commission said that if it was so, the two would not have been taken to the station.

Without verifying facts, the head constable had brought Ravi to the station through constables.

A first information report was registered 10 days thereafter, and the charge sheet filed four days later.

This was nothing but an attempt by the police to absolve themselves of the charge of rights violation, the Bench said.

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