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Human rights NGO People’s Watch on Friday urged the Tamil Nadu government to come out with the final report on the inquiry into the Ambasamudram custodial torture. A group of men was tortured in custody by a police team, led by the then Ambasamudram Assistant Superintendent of Police, Balveer Singh.

Addressing mediapersons in Madurai, People’s Watch executive director Henri Tiphagne said the mother of one of the victims got a copy of the interim inquiry report, pursuant to the direction of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. IAS Officer P. Amudha, who had conducted an inquiry, submitted the interim report to the Chief Secretary in April 2023.

Mr. Tiphagne said the State should come out with the final report and other reports. He alleged the CB-CID had added the names of Scheduled Caste police personnel and removed those who did not belong to the Scheduled Caste to avoid invoking the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. He said Mr. Balveer Singh should be dismissed from service.

In the interim report, the inquiry officer recommended a full-fledged investigation to unearth the complete truth about the incidents of assault allegedly committed by Mr. Balveer Singh and other police personnel. She also recommended appropriate action against Public Prosecutor Tirumalaikumar for aiding the police officers in covering up the alleged incident of police torture at the Kallidaikurichi station.


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