The Special Court for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday found all the six policemen guilty in connection with the custodial murder of Udaya Kumar, a 27-year-old, at Fort Police station on September 27, 2005.
K Jithukumar and S V Sreekumar, the first and the second accused in the case, were found guilty of murder and were given death sentences. T Ajith Kumar (then SI), E K Sabu (then CI) and T K Haridas (then Assistant Commissioner) were found guilty of fabricating evidences and hatching conspiracy.
The third accused, Soman, who was an additional SI at the time of murder, died during the trial. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Wednesday by CBI special court judge J Nasser.
The first two accused were sent to remand while the rest have been asked to appear before the court on Wednesday.
Udaya Kumar and Suresh were whiling away time at Sreekandeshwaram Park when constables Jithukumar and Sreekumar apprehended them after they found `4,500 in his pocket. Suspecting that the cash was stolen, the policemen took them to the Fort station for interrogation. The pair were subjected to brutal third-degree treatment in a bid to extract confession from them.
Udaya Kumar was also subjected to ‘Uruttal’ — a colloquial term used to mention the torture method where the lower limbs are crushed using a heavy wooden pestle, something that was widely used on naxal sympathisers in Kerala during the Emergency.
The CBI took over the investigation following a high court order on a plea filed by Udayakumar’s mother Prabhavathi. Udaya Kumar was her only child.