- News The police had claimed that Vignesh had suffered a fatal seizure on April 19
- His family said he had no such medical history and alleged he was tortured by police
- Vignesh was brutally hit from 11 pm to 2:30 am: Executive Director of People's Watch
Peoples Watch, a human rights NGO, and its State Co-coordinator Henri Tiphagne said, "The post mortem report of Vignesh says he suffered from 13 external injuries on different parts of the body, including head, cheeks and eyebrows, hands and legs. What else does the DGP of Tamil Nadu need apart from this?"
Talking to News9, Executive Director of People's Watch Henri Tiphagne, who has been closely tracking the case, said "Vignesh was brutally hit from 11 pm on April 18 to 2:30 am on April 19. Two teams of police assaulted him in the presence of an auto driver Suresh (eyewitness). Thereafter, he was taken to K2 Ayanavaram police station and continued to be tortured and beaten. Later in the morning, Vignesh was moved to the Secretariat Colony police station where he fell ill badly and was taken to the private hospital from there. He had already succumbed by the time he was transferred from a private hospital to KMC."
Henri added that the family was not informed of the arrest. "This is also a violation of the law. And even though the case has been transferred to CB-CID, it is not registered under Section 302 (Punishment for murder). CCTV cameras should be there in the police station, which is again another violation. The way forward to end the brutality is zero tolerance to custodial deaths and police brutality."