Palakkad (Kerala): The crime branch of the
Kerala Police on Thursday filed a charge sheet against 12 police
personnel, including two sub-inspectors and one assistant
sub-inspector, in connection with the alleged custodial death
of a prime suspect of a murder case.
The charge sheet filed by Crime Branch SP P S Unniraja in
the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court here charged the
accused with murder under IPC section 302.
The case relates to the death of Sampath, a prime suspect
in the murder of a businessman`s wife here.
The 47-year-old woman was found murdered with her throat
slit and her 70-year-old mother seriously injured at their
home on March 23.
Sampath and two others were arrested on March 28 from
Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu in connection with the murder case.
But, before he was produced in court, Sampath died allegedly
owing to custodial torture on March 30.
The postmortem report corroborated the allegation of
Sampath`s relatives that he had been the victim of police
As the issue sparked strong reactions from political
circles, a crime branch probe was ordered and a special
investigation team set up.
However, no one has been arrested in connection with the