Tuticorin custodial death: Celebs demand justice for Bennicks and Jayaraj 

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Priyanka Chopra, Taapsee Pannu, Shikhar Dhawan and many more asked for justice


The entire world came together after the death of George Floyd in the United States due to police brutality. Back home, the death of father-son duo in Tamil Nadu due to alleged police brutality has caused a furore across India.

After the news broke about the deaths of P Jayaraj and his son Bennicks, social media went abuzz with people asking for justice for the death of the father-son duo. #JusticeForJayarajAndFenix trended on twitter for a couple of days along with some other hashtags related to the issue. Celebrities from across the domain including Cinema and Cricket condemned the police brutality and demanded justice for the family of the deceased. Many celebrities including actress Priyanka Chopra, Kajal Aggarwal, Taapsee Pannu and Cricketers, Harbhajan Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and many more took to Twitter to demand justice.

Here is the list of celebrities who have tweeted against the police brutality against Jayaraj and Bennicks.

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Know about the case in details

Reportedly, P Jayaraj (59) and his son J Bennicks (31) mistakenly referred as Fenix at various places) were picked up by Tamil Nadu police for questioning on 19th June in Tuticorin’s Sathankulam for allegedly violating lockdown rules. According to the police, the father-son duo kept their mobile accessories shop open beyond the permissible hours on 19th June.

The News Minute reported that the local police then asked for the remand of Bennicks and Jayaraj from magistrate B Saravanan. The Magistrate allegedly gave the remand without seeing the physical condition of the father and son duo.

Bennicks, who was moved to Kovilpatti General Hospital after he fell ill on June 22, died in the hospital. His father Jayaraj also died a day later. It is alleged that both the father and son were tortured by police while in custody which caused their deaths. Some media reports have suggested that Bennicks and his father were also sexually assaulted in police custody.

The family of Jayaraj and Bennicks have asked to register a murder case against the two sub-inspectors, alleging that they were responsible for the deaths.

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