Six police personnel, including two inspectors were suspended on Thursday, in connection with the alleged custodial death of a 24-year-old youth two years ago.
Dinesh (24) was arrested along with three others for kidnapping, raping and murdering 37-year-old software engineer Soundari, a resident of Arcot in Vellore, on January 28 in 2011.Inspectors Narasimhan of Arni taluk station and Balasubramanian of Arni Town station, special sub-inspector Sayeed Muneer of Arni Taluk station, head constable Sundaramurthy of Thellar police station, grade-I constables Velmuguran of Tiruvannamalai taluk station and Desinghu of Thellar police station were suspended on Thursday, in connection with the death of Dinesh during the investigation.
Speaking to Express, Superintendent of Police of Tiruvannamalai, J Mutharasi, said, “I have received an official communication from my immediate superior officer (DIG of Vellore Range M T Ganeshmoorthy) regarding the suspension of the six police personnel. As per the direction, I have issued the suspension orders that comes into effect from today (Thursday). The reason for their suspension was not mentioned in the official communication.”
The six police personnel were part of the special investigation team, constituted by the police department, to track down the murderers of the software engineer, sources in the department said.
The six member special team had nabbed Dinesh, his friends Mohideen Khan (27) of Tambaram, Vadivel (28) of Aliyur in Vandavasi and Samath Basha (24) of S Kolathur on February 6 last year. Within few hours of the arrest, Dinesh died, allegedly due to cardiac arrest. “The outcome of the CB-CID investigation into the death had resulted in the suspension of the six police personnel,” a police officer said.