The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) said on Thursday that the death of Varapuzha native Sreejith happened as a result of injuries sustained while in police custody, as per a report in the New Indian Express.
The Commission asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) looking into the case to identify the police officers who assaulted Sreejith.
It also examined the documents with the Varapuzha police station, pertaining to the alleged custodial death of Sreejith.
SHRC acting chairperson P Mohanadas conducted the inquiry proceedings.
“It is evident from the medical certificate issued by the medical officer of the Government Hospital, North Paravur, that Sreejith had not been injured or tortured when he was produced for medical examination after the police took him into custody on Friday. However, Sreejith was later admitted at Aster Medcity in a serious condition. He had been in police custody during the time and the cops had brought him to the hospital. Hence, it is clear Sreejith sustained the injuries while in police custody. The SIT should identify the police officers who assaulted him,” said the statement.
The KSHRC also stated that Sreejith was not involved in the attack on Vasudevan, who later committed suicide.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday that those guilty in the alleged custodial death of Sreejith will not be spared.
“The government will take strict action against those found guilty. The government has no other face. Those who know the LDF government know it,” he said.
Vijayan said that a team led by an ADGP has been constituted to probe the death and the guilty will be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has demanded an judicial inquiry into Sreejith’s death.
In the wake of this incident which has created a furore in the state, the KSHRC has ordered the government to take immediate steps against police officers accused of criminal cases in the state.