Sreejith, a youngster from Parassaala has been staging a protest for nearly 430 days now. Staging his protest in front of the Secretariat in Trivandrum, he is fighting tooth and nail for justice for his sibling Sreejeev. Sreejeev, who was arrested on May 19, 2014, died after two days, while in police custody.
The police had told that he has consumed poison which led to his death. Investigations by the Police Complaints Authority however, found that Sreejeev was forcibly administered poison after being tortured by authorities to the point of exhaustion. The investigation had also revealed identity of the police officials involved in custodial death of Sreejeev. Sreejeev was arrested on the behest of a neighbour, with whose daughter Sreejeev had a relationship. Fearing that she would elope with him, he requested a relative of his, additional sub-inspector Philippose to detain 27-year-old Sreejeev.
DGP Loknath Behera has reportedly put a temporary suspension on the order by the Police Complaint Authority. After the real reason of Sreejeev’s death was revealed, the Police Complaint Authority had recommended suspension for the involved officers and a fine of Rs 10 lakhs that had to be collected from them. This amount was supposed to be given to Sreejeev’s mother and his brother. Chief Secretary for Home, Nalini Netto had asked DGP Loknath Behera to comply with this order immediately, to which Behera said that the action would take place only if the officials were proved guilty.