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4 more cops suspended in connection with Ker 'custodial death'

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvnanthapuram/Kochi 

Four more police personnel were suspended today in connection with the alleged custodial death of 26-year old man near Kochi, over which opposition parties have been attacking the

The action came on a day when Pinarayi Vijayan said the government will take stringent action in custodial deaths and thoseresponsible will not be spared.

With this, the number of police personnel suspended in connection with the death has risen to seven. Earlier, three police personnel of the armed police camp at Kalamassery in were suspended on April 10, a day after S R died at a hospital.

The decision to suspend the four was taken based on a preliminary report by a special investigation team set up to probe the allegations that the youth from died due to police torture, a said.

Those suspended are Chrispin Sam, Deepak, Grade Assistant Sudheer and Santhosh Baby, all attached to police station.

Police in Thiruvananthapuram said a direction had been given to instal CCTV cameras in all 470 police stations in the station.

A report from Kochi, quoting police, said a department-level probe had also been launched against the suspended policemen.

Earlier today, the SIT chief IGP S Sreejit visited the house of the deceased and took statements of his wife, parents and others and submitted his preliminary report to the DGP.

In his first reaction to the incident, Vijayan speaking in Kasaragod said: "In custodial deaths, the government will ensure strict action."

The accused, whoever they may be, will not be allowed to escape, Vijayan said adding the would ensure that they face action.

Sreejit had died in a hospital with his family alleging that the youth was kicked several times on the stomach and thrashed by the police officials who took him into custody in connection with a case relating to suicide of a 52-year-old CPI(M) sympathiser.

"Those taken into custody should not die. The government's stand is those responsible for such deaths will not be spared. In Sreejith's case a proper investigation is now going on', Vijayan, who holds the home portfolio, said.

The Opposition sought a court monitored probe into the incident while has demanded that Vijayan give up the home portfolio.

of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala alleged that lockups in the state had become 'killing fields'.

President demanded a CBI probe into the custodial death of Sreejit.

The party would launch an agitation demanding a compensation of Rs.25 lakhs to the family of Sreejit and also a job to his wife, he said.

As the first phase of the stir, General Secretary A N Radhakrishnan would observe a 24-hour fast in front of the at on April 23, he added.

had earlier observed a hartal in Panchayat, protesting the death of Sreejith, who it claimed was its worker.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:50 IST
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