Retired HC judge to probe custodial death of Kerala Christian youth

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National minorities panel vice-chairman George Kurian to meet kin of victim

Under fire for frequent custodial deaths in Kerala,  the state government on Friday announced a one-man Judicial Commission to investigate the alleged custodial torture and murder of a Christian youth at Idukki district’s Nedumkandam police station last month. The Commission will be led by retired Justice K.Narayana Kurup and will submit its report in six months.

When contacted Justice Kurup told Indus Scrolls that he came to know about his new responsibility through media.

Rajkumar, 49, a small-time financial agent, allegedly died in police custody on June 21 after he suffered extreme torture at the Nedumkandam police station. According to post-mortem report, seven of his ribs, spine were broken and there were injuries all over the body. The skin on feet peeled off and his genitals were pasted with chilli paste.

The National Commission for Minorities has sought a report from the state Chief Secretary and DGP on the alleged custodial murder. Kurian condemned the death and called for strict punishment to the culprits.

The brutal murder had triggered state-wide protests. The Monsoon Session of the Kerala Assembly that ended on Thursday witnessed several days of protests and unruly scenes over the death. On Thursday, Rajkumar’s mother joined the protest demanding a CBI probe.

According to Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, this is the fifth case of custodial death against the Kerala Police since 2016.

While the Congress welcomed the government’s decision for setting up the probe panel, the BJP said that a CBI probe would have been more appropriate.

Meanwhile, National Commission for Minorities Vice-Chairman George Kurian will visit the family members of Rajkumar on July 9. The Commission had sought a report from the state Chief Secretary and DGP on the alleged custodial murder. Kurian condemned the death and called for strict punishment to the culprits.

 

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