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Tamil Nadu police killings: Concerned officials should be severely punished, says Rajinikanth


Since the news of the custodial death of P Jeyaraj and his son Bennix broke out, several Tamil film celebrities have taken to Twitter demanding justice for the family. 

Photo: Courtesy Rajinikanth Twitter

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday expressed deep shock over Sathankulam custodial deaths and said that all the officials connected with the incident should be severely punished. 

In a strongly-worded statement in Tamil, Rajinikanth wrote: “The manner in which a few police officials behaved with the magistrate has been very shocking. All the officials connected with the incident should be severely punished. They should not be spared.”

Last week, Rajinikanth called Jeyaraj’s wife and conveyed his condolences.

Shopkeeper P Jeyaraj and his son Bennix were picked up for questioning by police in Sathankulam town in Tuticorin district for violating lockdown rules. They had allegedly kept their mobile shop open beyond the hours allowed.

The father-son duo were allegedly beaten to death by the police. While Bennix died at the Kovilpatti general hospital on 22 June, Jeyaraj died the following day.

Since the news of the custodial death of the father-son duo broke out, several Tamil film celebrities took to Twitter demanding justice for Jeyaraj’s family. In a statement, Saamy (2003) and Singam (2010) director Hari said that he regretted making five films glorifying the police force.

Actor Suriya, who played a cop in the Singam franchise, described the entire incident as a result of an organised crime. In a strongly-worded statement, Suriya pointed out that the cops alone are not at fault in this case. The magistrate and the doctors are equally responsible for the custodial death. He further added that it can’t be termed as a negligent act because the custodial deaths have put the credibility of the police department at stake.

Actor-politician Khushbu Sundar tweeted, "Will we and can we see law taking its course and punishing the guilty without any further delay in #Jeyaraj and #Fenix case? The culprits cannot and should not get away. A family has lost their most loved ones. Justice delayed is justice denied. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix (sic)."