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Tripura CM consoles Kerala ‘custodial killing’ victim’s kin

The death of 26-year old Sreejith allegedly due to custodial torture at the Varappuzha police station in Kerala last month had triggered widespread condemnation by the opposition including the INC and BJP

Agartala: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday visited the residence of SR Sreejith who had died in Kerala Police’s custody last month, and announced government’s solatium of Rs 5 lakh to his family.

The death of the 26-year old allegedly due to custodial torture at the Varappuzha police station last month had triggered widespread condemnation by the opposition including the INC and BJP.

The State BJP had staged a protest in Varappuzha because Sreejith was a party worker.

Deb reached Sreejith’s residence this morning accompanied by State BJP leaders. He consoled the family and said a financial aid of Rs 5 lakh, on behalf of the government, would be given to his family. The cheque of Rs 5 lakh to be sent to the BJP State unit will be handed over to Sreejith’s family by party leaders, he said.

Deb, who is in Kerala to campaign for the BJP candidate in Chengannur Assembly by-election, criticised Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for not visiting the family of Sreejith so far. “You are the chief minister of a State, not a party. You should visit the family. I request Vijayan-ji to visit the family and meet his kin,” he said.

Deb said nothing would happen to Vijayan’s chief ministership if he visits his family and consoles them. An administrator should shed arrogance, Deb added. Describing as brutal the death of Sreejith in police custody, he alleged police was given direction by the ruling party leaders to pick up the youth and torture him.

The chief minister visited the family a day after Sreejith’s wife Akhila BP joined government service.

Earlier, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a Kerala government appointment letter were handed over to Sreejith’s wife. She has been appointed in the Parvur Taluk office in the post of village assistant.

Sreejith, who was taken into custody in connection with the death of a person, had died in a private hospital. His death was widely perceived as a case of custodial killing.

Five police personnel — a circle inspector, a sub-inspector and three members of the Rural Tiger Force (RTF) — were arrested in connection with Sreejith’s death.

Facing flak from the opposition, the State government instituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by IGP, S Sreejith to probe the death.

Then Ernakulam Rural Superintendent of Police AV George, transferred to the Thrissur Police Academy after Sreejith died on 9 April, was suspended based on the report of the which found lapses on his part.

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