Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here has
ordered Rs five lakh compensation to the family of a youth who
died in police custody six years back.
Justice S Manikumar, allowing a writ petition by the
father of the deceased, ordered the state government to pay
the compensation to the family.
The petitioner said his 26-year-old son was picked up by
two constables from a colony on December 4, 2004 on the charge
of consuming liquor at public place.
They took him to police station, beat him up badly and
relieved him of his watch, gold chain and Rs 1,000 cash. A
constable later came to his house and asked him to take his
son away, the petitioner claimed.
However, when he went to the police station, he found his
son lying on the verandah. He took him back home and came back
to collect his belongings, only to be told that nothing was
there. Meanwhile, his son passed away.
On his complaint, a case was registered only under CrPc
174 (suicide enquiry) and an autopsy was done at government
Rajaji hospital without it being videographed, he alleged.
He prayed the court provide him adequate compensation as
he would have to look after his daughter-in-law and her two