On Monday, residents of Thiruvakkavadi in Tiruvannamalai carried out a road roko protesting against the police department for beating up three members of a Dalit family in public view in Chengam.
A video was also recorded by bystanders who witnessed the whole incident. The video shows the three family members being assaulted by the police.
Three policemen, Murugan, Vijaya Kumar and Nammazhavar beat up an auto driver, Raja (45), his wife Usha (40) and their son Surya (18).
According to The New Indian Express, both Raja and his wife Usha began quarrelling on their way back from a jewellery shop in Chengum. Raja also started beating up Usha.
While this was in public view, the policemen intervened but Raja tried to ward them off saying it is their personal issue. It further led to an argument between the officials and the family. Later, one policeman began beating up Raja. When their son, Surya came to rescue their father, he was also beaten up.
The family was taken to a private hospital in Chengum, after which the villagers protested against the policemen by blocking roads. The three officials have been transferred to the Armed Reserve Constabulary.
Video Courtesy: Puthiya Thalaimurai