CHENNAI: A young agriculturist, who was allegedly subjected to custodial torture for raising his voice against the local sand mafia in Vellore, on Friday approached the Madras High Court, seeking action against the ‘erring’ police officials.
According to the petitioner Poovarasu (29), a resident of Arakonam Taluk, Vellore, the people of Athipattu village were affected by the indiscriminate mining of sand. The lorries taking sand often took the road that runs through the village to escape inspection by police and Revenue officials.
Further, he submitted that villagers got reliable information that the Inspector of Kaveripakkam Station, was helping illegal sand-mining and transport by allowing them to enter Athipattu village and ensuring they were not intercepted by police and other authorities.
Further, Poovarasu said he was being harassed since he exposed illegal sand-mining and that he was falsely implicated in criminal cases. Poovarasu said on September 23, he was arrested from his house and taken to Kaveripakkam police station, where he was allegedly tortured. The next day, he was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Walajahpet, who asked for a medical opinion.
Hearing on the case has been posted for December 23.