A 30-year-old history sheeter was found dead in a lake in Sholingur on Saturday. The family members of the deceased claim that he was thrashed and strangulated to death at Kondapalayam police station, reported The New Indian Express.
The family of Sarath allege that he was killed by a police team headed by Arakkonam Assistant Superintendent of Police S Sakthi Ganesan. TNIE reported that an investigation by the Vellore district police revealed that Arakkonam sub division was involved in the case.
Sarath is a native of Arakkonam, and lived with his wife Rajeswari in Thiruvotriyur in Chennai. There have been various cases registered against him including attempt to murder and rioting at Arakkonam town and Thiruvotriyur police stations.
Sarath was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an assault case, but he escaped from the custody and his body was found in Magendrawadi lake in Sholingur.
His wife, Rajeswari, said that police had killed her husband and that they were threatened earlier too. She added that she will be filing a case against them. She is now three months pregnant.
The post-mortem was carried out at the Medical College Hospital in Vellore. The investigation by Vellore police revealed that Sarath was arrested from a hotel in Sholingur and was taken to Kondapalayam police station, where he was allegedly beaten up and strangulated. After that, it is alleged that the police personnel working on night duty were asked to leave and his body was taken to Mangendrawadi lake near the station.
However, ASP Sakthi Ganesan denied all these allegations and said that if any such thing would have happened, it would have easily come to light in the forensic report.