TN: Cop arrested over Thoothukudi custodial deaths succumbs to COVID-19

Pauldurai was a special sub-inspector and one of 10 policemen arrested in the case

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A special sub-inspector, one of the 10 police personnel arrested in connection with the alleged custodial torture and subsequent death of a father-son duo, and undergoing treatment for COVID-19, died in Madurai on Monday, police said.

SSI Pauldurai (56) breathed his last at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) early on Monday.

He was one of the 10 policemen arrested in connection with the alleged custodial torture of P. Jeyaraj and his son, Bennicks, at the Sathankulam police station in Thoothukudi district in June, prior to their death in a government hospital, an incident that caused national outrage.

The deceased SSI was earlier lodged at the central prison in Madurai and admitted to the GRH after he tested positive for the coronavirus last month.

Earlier, his wife had petitioned the city police top brass, seeking permission to shift her husband to Kanyakumari for medical attention.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is presently pursuing the case after the Tamil Nadu government handed over the probe to the premier agency from the state's CB-CID following the outrage over the traders' death.