State Human Rights Commission – SHRC has directed the Tamil Nadu Government to pay a compensation of 4.5 lakh to a businessman who was tortured in custody by the Tirunelveli police ten years ago. The SHRC bench headed by D Jayachandran also recommended to initiate disciplinary action and to initiate criminal prosecution against policemen Nagarajan and Vijayakumar, then inspector and sub-inspector at Palayamkottai police station, and three police constables for implicating the petitioner in a false theft case.
Abdul Kareem runs medical shops at two locations in Palayamkottai. While settling a financial dispute, inspector Nagarajan forcibly took 5,000 and a motorcycle from Abdul kareem and also took him to a secluded place and tortured him for a falsely fabricated theft case, favouring the petitioner. With regard to a complaint filed by Abdul Kareem, the SHRC has expressed its verdict for man-handling, torturing and misusing the powers of police.
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