Three policemen suspended over custodial death in Madurai

Three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were placed under suspension on Thursday in connection with the alleged custodial death of a 47-year old man in the district.

Madurai: Three policemen, including a
sub-inspector, were placed under suspension on Thursday in
connection with the alleged custodial death of a 47-year old
man in the district.

Madurai Superintendent of Police Asra Garg ordered the
suspension of sub-inspector Jayaraman, head constable
Solaimalai and constable Murugan, of Oomachi Kulam police
station, pending departmental inquiry in connection with the
death today of Markandeyan following alleged torture,
officials said.

Markandeyan had gone to the station last night to file a
complaint that his 19-year-old daughter had been allegedly
kidnapped and taken to Coimbatore by her relative Kumar
following father`s`s refusal to allow Kumar to marry his
daughter, police said.

Investigating officials said police had told Markandeyan
that they did not have enough personnel to search for his
daughter but would interrogate any suspect he could bring to
the station.

Following the assurance of the police, Markandeyan and
his brother went to Coimbatore and brought two of Kumar`s
friends to the station in order to help the officials trace
the missing girl, officials said.

However, a case of abduction was registered in Coimbatore
against Markandeyan for allegedly kidnapping one of Kumar`s
friends and Markandeyan was detained in the Madurai station,
they said.

Police allegedly tortured him and he was found hanging
today in one of the police quarters doubling up as a police
station, they said, adding his body bore injuries.

Talking to reporters, SP Garg said the body had been sent
for post mortem and action would be taken against the police
personnel if found guilty.

PTI

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