Govt orders judicial probe in Rajkumar custody death
Thiruvananthapuram: A judicial probe has been initiated in the custody death of Rajkumar in Idukki. The cabinet which met here on Friday took a decision to order for a judicial investigation in the death of Rajkumar who was brutally tortured and killed in Nedumkandam.
Announcing the decision, Pinarayi said former Kerala High Court judge K Narayana Kurup will probe the incident relating to the death of 49-year-old Rajkumar in police custody and file a report within six months.
Two policemen, a sub-inspector and a civil police officer of the Nedumkandam police station, where the incident took place, has been arrested.
Vijayan said the Crime Branch investigation in the case will continue.
Such an incident could not be justified, the chief minister said.
The opposition Congress-led UDF had raised the issue in the Assembly and demanded a judicial probe.
Rajkumar's mother and relatives had led a protest march to the state Assembly on Thursday seeking a CBI probe.
The deceased was taken into custody in connection with a financial fraud case on June 12 and allegedly tortured by police personnel at the Nedumkandam police station for four days, following which he died at the Peermedu sub-jail.
The post-mortem report of the deceased and the remand report of the two arrested police personnel had confirmed that Rajkumar was brutally tortured and had several injuries on his body. PTI