Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami handed over the order posting Percis Jayaraj as the Junior Assistant in the Revenue Department in Thoothukudi on compassionate grounds. Percis is the daughter of Jayaraj and sister of Bennix, the father-son duo who lost their lives due to custodial torture in Sathankulam police station.
The Tamil Nadu CM had on June 24 announced Rs 20 lakh solatium for the kin of the traders from the Chief Minister Relief fund and he also ensured a government job for one of the family members. Based on the announcement, the Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur Raju on June 26 distributed Rs 20 lakh aid to the family member
Speaking to reporters, Percis said the Chief Minister expressed grief over the death of her father and younger brother Bennicks and assured her family of justice. The CBI investigation is going on and I believe the law department will ensure justice for us.
Jayaraj and Bennix were picked up by the police accusing them of keeping their mobile shop open for a few minutes after the lockdown curfew period ended. The duo were allegedly tortured by policemen in Sathankulam police station and were lodged in Kovilpatti sub- jail. Bennicks died on June 22 and his father the next day following their admission to a government hospital in Kovilpatti.
The alleged police brutality led to an outrage, and the matter was taken up by the Madras High Court”s Madurai Bench.While CB-CID initially investigated the alleged excesses and arrested 10 police personnel, the case is now probed by the CBI