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Henri Tiphagne, executive director of People's Watch - a non-profit working against human rights violations - said, "We need to ensure a criminal case is registered against him and actions initiated". Speaking on the alleged lapse on the part of the magistrate, he added, "How did the judicial magistrate remand these accused with such gross marks of torture all over their body? How do we understand the failure of the remand advocate system of the national legal services authority followed by the Tamil Nadu legal services authority?"

"Why do magistrates undertake such remands brought to them at home at the middle of the night? What prevents them from saying bring them tomorrow morning 10 AM," he asked.

Human rights violations by law enforcers, many say, appear to continue even after the court-mandated installation of CCTV cameras at police stations following the alleged custodial torture deaths in Sathankulam.


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