A 47-year-old farmer died in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district on Wednesday, a day after being assaulted by policemen at a checkpost, leading to the arrest of a special sub-inspector.
The farmer identified as A Murugesan of Edapatti was beaten using lathis in public view at the Pappanaickenpatti check post on Tuesday evening, following which he fainted and was taken to the Salem government hospital for treatment.
Murugesan was returning from Kallakurichi with friends and got into an altercation with the police in allegedly inebriated state when they sought to check the group’s motorbikes.
A video recording of the incident uploaded by the victim’s friends on social media purportedly show special sub inspector Periyasamy beating Murugesan while ignoring their appeals to stop. Three other policemen at the scene reportedly made no attempt to stop Periyasamy.
Salem district Superintendent of Police M Sree Abhinav told mediapersons that a criminal case had been filed against Periyasamy who is in custody.
Murugesan’s wife Annakili has demanded action against all four policemen, while relatives of the deceased gathered outside the Yethapur police station in protest against the assault.
The incident comes a year after the deaths of trader Jayaraj and his son J Bennicks in Thoothukudi police custody sent shockwaves across the country.