Friday, June 28, 2019

Special team to probe Peerumedu custodial death case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A special team of the crime branch will probe the Peerumedu custodial death. The case will be probed by a seven-member team led by Kottayam crime branch SP K M Sabu Mathew. Idukki crime branch DySP Johnson Joseph will be the main investigating official. The probe will be under the control of crime branch Ernakulam range IG.

Though investigation is against the police, none of the police officials were ready to take over the investigating charge. Finally, the charge of investigation was given to Kottayam SP also in charge of Idukki. In addition to the SP, seven officials from Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki will be part of the team.

Due to police officers' reluctance to investigate, the IG came to the forefront and is leading the investigation. He visited Rajkumar’s family today. He will later go to the sub jail and to the hospital where Rajkumar was first admitted.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had informed the assembly yesterday that there is a suspicious circumstance in his death and a special team will investigate it. DGP Lokanath Behera had directed crime branch ADGP to form a special team to probe the case. No one found guilty will be spared and it will be specially examined whether there has been any lapses from the side of the police, the DGP had clarified.

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