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File photos of P Jayaraj, 60, and J Bennix, 31.

The Madras High Court said earlier that there was sufficient evidence of assault on the bodies of Jayaraj and Bennix, adding that prima facie evidence could lead to the recording of a murder case against the police.

  • CNN-News18 Chennai
  • Last update: June 30, 2020, 4:32 p.m. EST

The magistrate investigating the Jayaraj-Bennix murders in detention in Tamil Nadu, in his four-page report, said there was evidence of assault on the father-son duo.

The magistrate said that, according to eyewitnesses, the father and the son were attacked by the police on the night of June 19, causing traces of blood on the canes and the table on which the victims were placed and beaten.

P Jayaraj, 60, and J Bennix, 31, were arrested by Thoothukudi police on June 19 for keeping their mobile store open after hours. Relatives say Jayaraj, who was in the store, was arrested by police and verbally assaulted and assaulted. Her son Bennix later went to the police station to implore the police to release his father.

The duo were allegedly beaten and a complaint was filed against them under articles 188, 383 and 506 (II) of the IPC. They were then taken to the Kovilpatti sub-prison. The two died at Kovilpatti hospital on June 23 at 11 p.m. relatives say they were severely beaten at the Sathankulam police station.

In his report, the magistrate said: “The evidence could be erased and must be protected immediately”.

“When asked to hand over the canes (lathis), the police at the Satankulam station acted as if they had not heard my order. When I said they reluctantly handed over the lathis”, wrote the magistrate in the report. He added that police officer Maharajah cursed behind his back and said, “There is nothing I can do.” All this “harassment” was filmed by the police on the spot, according to his report.

The court documents will be handed over to investigator CB-CID, the assistant police superintendent of Tirunelveli, as an interim measure until the CBI resumes the investigation of the case.

The report added that the CCTV images at the police station were deleted because the settings automatically deleted the images after 24 hours.

The Madras High Court said on Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence of assault on the bodies of Jayaraj and Bennix, adding that prima facie evidence could lead to the recording of a murder case against the police.

The incident sparked fury in the state, resulting in the suspension of four police officers, including two sub-inspectors.

The High Court had seized the case and ordered a video recording of the autopsy after the relatives of the two men had moved the court.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced 10 lakh rupees each to the family of the deceased and a government job to a family member, depending on their qualification.

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