MADURAI: On a day when the State Government transferred to the CB-CID the probe into the gunning down of a youth by a Sub-Inspector inside a police station in Ramanathapuram district, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) directed the investigating agency to expedite the inquiry.
Passing orders on a petition filed by the victim Syed Mohammad’s father-in-law, Sakubar Ali, Justice N Kirubakaran also directed the State to consider providing a government job to one family member of Syed.
The judge asked the police to handover the body of Syed to his family and to provide adequate police protection during the last rites.
While the Government has announced a compensation of `5 lakh to his kith and kin, the court asked the State to examine increasing the amount. The petitioner submitted that Syed was taken to the police station on October 14 following an altercation he had with a bike workshop owner. Later in the evening, Sub Inspector Kalidass (since suspended) had brutally attacked Syed. The petitioner, who was waiting outside the police station, then heard gun shots and rushed inside to find Syed lying in a pool of blood. Subsequently, the police claimed that he was killed in an encounter when he attacked the police sub inspector with a knife. The police then destroyed evidence at the station and fabricated witnesses to buttress their claim of an encounter. Petitioner’s counsel Jinnah said four bullets were fired at the victim at close range with an intention to kill him. Hence there was a need for a probe by an external agency and order a re-postmortem under the supervision of ballistic experts. When the petition was heard in the morning, Justice Kirubakaran directed the police to preserve Syed’s body and submit details about the ballistic experts available in the State.
However, when the court reassembled in the afternoon, the Government counsel submitted that a CB-CID inquiry had been ordered and a compensation of `5 lakh announced. Recording it, the judge directed the CB-CID to expedite the probe.