Kerala HC orders CBI probe into custodial death of farmer in Pathanamthitta
The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged custodial death of PP Mathai, a farmer who was found dead in a well hours after he was allegedly taken into custody by Forest Department officials.
A single-judge bench of Justice VG Arun, after hearing arguments from all the sides on a petition filed by Mathai’s wife, handed over the probe in the matter to the CBI. The State government submitted that it is ready to hand over the case to the CBI.
The bench also directed Mathai’s wife to do necessary requirements for the last rites of the deceased person’s body, which has been kept at the Ranni Marthoma Hospital mortuary ever since his death on July 28.
His wife Sheeba and family members are adamant that the body will not be buried until those responsible for his death are arrested.
The body of PP Mathai was found in a well hours after he was allegedly taken into custody by Forest Department officials of the Chittar forest division in Pathanamthitta district for questioning him over the destruction of a camera in the region.