Local police help CB-CID in arresting cops in Sathankulam case

Chennai: The Crime Branch CID (CB-CID) police arrested suspended police constable, Muthuraj, attached to the Sathankulam police station in connection with the custodial deaths of P Jayaraj (60) and his son J Benicks, late on Friday night, with the help of local police.

It is to be noted that local police officials helped the CB-CID in the arrest of Sathankulam Inspector Sridhar also, who was nabbed after a dramatic chase.

Sources said today that a special team, led by Vilathikulam DSP Beermohideen traced Muthuraj at Poosanoor village, where he was hiding in a house, and arrested him, a day after he was declared as a ‘wanted’ accused in the

He was brought to the CB-CID office here where senior officials after preliminary questioning, produced him before a Judicial Magistrate and remanded in judicial custody till 17 July.

With this, a total of five policemen of Sathankulam station, including suspended Inspector and Station House Officer Sridhar, two Sub-Inspectors Raghu Ganesh and Balakrishnan and constables Murugan and Muthuraj, were arrested in the case so far.

More arrests were likely in the case during the course of investigation, the sources added. Muthuraj has been evading arrest, after the CB-CID police booked him under Secs 302 (punishment for murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC.

Meanwhile, CB-CID sources said that a petition will be filed in the JM court seeking police custody of the accused for a detailed interrogation.