TIRUVANNAMALAI:Two more youths were arrested on Tuesday and a dragnet spread for two others, all of whom were caught on camera giving alcohol to a four-year-old child, the footage of which went viral in the social media on Monday. On Monday, within hours after the video went viral, district police arrested Elumalai (23) and Premkumar (22), who were part of the group giving alcohol to the toddler and cheering him on to drink it.
The special team constituted under Inspector S Rajasekar arrested C Murugan (24), maternal uncle of the four-year-old child and his friend Rajaram (23) of Mel Cholankuppam village in Kadaladi Police Station limit for actively encouraging the toddler to drink.
“We have intensified the search for Murugan’s brother Manikandan and their friend Rajaram, who remain at large,” Superintendent of Police of Tiruvannamalai, R Ponni said. The incident, videographed and uploaded onto WhatsApp by one of the accused, Premkumar, was one minute and 38 seconds long and shows Murugan and his friends giving beer to his nephew and encouraging him to drink. The footage went viral in the social media including Facebook, sparking much controversy.
Police tracked down the youth by tracing the details of the registration number of a two-wheeler (TN 25 AJ 8209) seen in the video.
“One of the accused in the case alleged that Murugan often gave alcohol to the child. We are thoroughly investigating the facts,” said Investigation Officer, S Rajasekar.