Even as Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured the state Assembly that no one will be spared in the custodial death of Rajkumar, the relatives of the victim are not convinced. Rajkumar’s relatives alleged that local CPI(M) leaders have threatened them and asked them to withdraw the case.
Rajkumar’s relative Antony told a media outlet that they were not satisfied with the progress of the investigation. The local police were trying to save the culprits.
According to locals, the Nedunkandam police detained Rajkumar alleging that he was involved in a loan fraud case on June 12. His arrest was finally recorded after three days of illegal custodial torture on June 15. On June 16, he was admitted to Nedumkandam Taluk Hospital.
The victim’s family members alleged that Rajkumar lent an amount of Rs 1 crore from the money he collected from self-help groups to an influential person who is close to CPI(M).
“For four days he was in police custory, where he was beaten up. His arrest was recorded on June 15 and on June 16th he was produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody,” said Jacob, Rajkumar’s relative. On June 21 he died. Post-mortem report showed excessive torture as the reason for death.