Rs 5 lakh compensation to family of youth who died in custody
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 17:48
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 children.


First Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 17:48

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