The footage shows police approaching the shop
TUTICORIN: CCTV footage released by traders in Sathankulam area here on Monday on the events that led to the arrest of P Jeyaraj (58) and J Beniks (31) in Tuticorin district on June 19 night — both died two days later in judicial custody — has exposed police lies that the father-son duo had fallen on the road, injuring themselves in the process, before they were arrested.
Police have been maintaining that the injuries on their bodies were caused due to the fall and that the two were not tortured in police custody.
The FIR also states that the father-son had rolled on the road, protesting against police. But none of that happened, going by the CCTV footage available with TOI. The 15-minute footage has been retrieved from King Electricals, located next to Beniks’s APJ Mobiles, a week after the incident took place.
A close friend of Beniks said the events that led to the arrests had started on June 18 night when police asked shop owners to down shutters around 8pm. Jeyaraj was standing in front of his son’s shop along with a few others at that time. Someone informed police on June 19 morning that Jeyaraj had passed a rude comment when police announcement was made the previous night.
Following this, around 7.30pm on June 19, a constable approached Jeyaraj — who was talking to a couple of people in front of Beniks’s shop. The constable walked away after a minute. About eight minutes later, the constable returned with another colleague and told Jeyaraj that the SI had summoned him to the police vehicle parked on the other side of the road.
Jeyaraj walked up