Cabinet decides to hand over Pavaratty custodial death case to CBI
Thiruvananthapuram: The state cabinet has decided to leave the Pavaratty custodial death case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The cabinet has decided to leave all cases of custodial deaths to the CBI.
The cabinet’s decision to leave the custodial deaths to the CBI was taken following the supreme court order. The Pavaratty case was handed over to CBI as the first phase of implementing the court order.
The government had handed over some cases of custodial deaths to the CBI prior to this also. The apex court directed that an external agency should investigate the cases in which police is the subject of allegations.
Meanwhile, two more people were nabbed by the police in connection with the Pavaratty excise custodial death case. Excise civil officers Smipin and Mahesh were arrested by the police. With this, a total of five persons have been arrested in connection with the case.
The arrests of the excise officials were recorded in connection with the custodial death of Ranjith Kumar who was taken into custody with 5 gm of cannabis. On questioning, it was found that he was in possession of 2 kg of cannabis, stored elsewhere. On the way to seize the cannabis, Ranjith misled the officials to other routes many times. Following this, they allegedly tortured Ranjith which led to his death.