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Alleged custodial death: Stalin announces Rs 10 lakh solatium to the family of Vignesh

- April 26, 2022

Chennai, April 26 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin has announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of V. Vignesh who died in alleged custodial torture on April 18th.  The Chief Minister made the announcement while speaking at the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday.

The youth was allegedly tortured at the Secretariat Colony Police station. Stalin while announcing the solatium said that whether in power or not, the political stand of the DMK is to take a strong position against custodial torture. He said that human rights of all citizens will be protected by the state government.

The Chief Minister was responding to the special call attention motion moved by the opposition AIADMK and other legislators including the ruling Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK).

He also said that the state government would also provide free treatment to Suresh who was also picked up along with Vignesh.

Chief Minister while speaking in the house said, “ It was found that they were in procession of liquor and ganja and when they were asked to come to the police station they refused. Vignesh also tried to attack the police with a dagger.”

The Chief Minister also said that there were 11 criminal cases pending against Suresh and 2 cases against the deceased Vignesh.  He said that breakfast was provided to both of them on April 19th and Vignesh developed epilepsy and was declared brought dead at Kilpauk Medical College hospital where he was taken from the Secretariat Colony police station.

Stalin said that a case of suspicious death has been registered and the Sub Inspector of Police, Pugazhum Perumal, constable Ponraj, home guard Deepak had been placed under suspension. He said that the case was transferred to the CB-CID of Tamil Nadu police.

Earlier AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister, O. Panneerselvam had in a statement demanded a CBI investigation into the custodial death. He had also said that the family of Vignesh had expressed apprehensions over state government announcing a probe by CB-CID as the agency was also under the state home department