The death of father and son, Jayaraj and J. Benicks, in Sathankulam town in Tamil Nadu, allegedly due to police torture in custody, has led to a massive outrage across the state. Traders affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Traders Association shut down their shops on Wednesday as a mark of protest against the deaths of the father and son. Tamil Nadu government has since transferred the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

Mr. Jayaraj and Mr. Benicks from Sathankulam got involved in a verbal duel with police officials for keeping their shop open beyond permitted hours as per the lockdown guidelines. Both father and son were subsequently found dead in the Kovilpatti Jail. 

Allegations have sprung up that both of them died due to custodial torture inficted upon them by the police. The police personnel including the Inspector and SIs (Sub Inspectors) involved in this case have already been suspended. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had taken this case on suo moto basis and ordered the Kovilpatti Magistrate to conduct inquiries regarding the death of the father and the son. 

In the meantime, 27 new police personnel including a Senior Station Inspector (SSI) and Head Constable have been appointed. Subsequently, Bernard Xavier, Inspector Vadasery police station, Kanyakumari district, has been ordered to take charge at the Sathankulam police station. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) has suspended Inspector Sridhar who had been earlier posted in the Sathankulam police station.