A 34-year-old man Easwaran from Madurai has allegedly suffered 70% burns by setting himself on flame. Two videos were posted after this incident. Reporting police harassment as the cause for this incident.
The horrifying incident took place on 18th January. On Tuesday night in Madurai Easwaran soaked himself with petrol. And set himself on the flame in front of the statue of Dr. Ambedkar near MKU college.
As per the reports, he has allegedly sustained 70% burns. And is now undergoing treatment at Government Rajaji Hospital(GRH).
Easwaran is a construction worker and a resident of Indira Nagar. He was retrieved after he was set ablaze. However, two videos were recorded where he reported that Tallakulam police had beaten him. They also threatened him.
Videos of Easwaran stating the issue
In one video, Easwaran is saying that he was at the Tea shop with his friends. A police official approaches him and starts questioning him about illegally selling liquor. And they started checking his bike and house but couldn’t find anything.
“He (police official) then brought four bottles of alcohol from somewhere and said that I was selling liquor. And asked me to come to the station and threatened me. He was beating me throughout. I did not know what to do. When I asked why he was beating me, he beat me again. So I decided to die because of the torture. He later took my bike and my mother’s mobile phone. When I questioned him, he asked me to come to the station. So I decided to do this,” he reported in the video.
In the other video, he is stating that his body is completely burnt. And reports that he was being tortured and beaten by the police officials. His jaw was also broken. And he could recognize two officials by their names in the video.
Additionally, he said, “I ran away as they beat me. My family and I are being tortured for something I did not do.”
Sivagani’s statements about the police officials.
Easwaran’s elder sister, Sivagami(39) identified four of the police officials to TNM. It is Ranjith, Adi Mugundha Kannan, Senthil Kumar, and Duraimurugan. And Adhimugundha Kannan is the Sub-Inspector at Tallakulam Police station.
Sivagami also said, “Easwaran asked the police why they were searching the house, and they beat him up for questioning them. They later went to a liquor shop near our house and found bottles under a car parked there. And bought four bottles and asked him why it was there, to which he said he did not know as it was found on the street. They beat him up further, and he started bleeding”.
When Easwaran denied going to the police station, the police seized his bike and his mother’s phone. And they said, “They knew how to bring him to the station”. Soon after this Easwaran left his home. His mother went to the police station at 9.45 pm where she was asked to wait.
Meanwhile on the other hand Easwaran had set himself on fire around 10 pm. He was rescued by the police officials and a few passers and taken to the hospital.
“The hospital had been trying to contact my mother, but nobody picked the call as the phone was with the police,” said Sivagami. “At 10.10 pm, the police handed over the mobile phone and bike to my mother, made her sign on a blank paper, and asked her to leave. My father and I went to pick her up. They must have known what Easwaran had done, but we were not informed,” reported Sivagami.
The news that Easwaran had burnt himself reached the family around 1.30 am.
The family is seeking help from a lawyer. And Easwaran tried to surrender himself out of fear. And the police harassment. They have also asked to take action against the concerned police official.
Cases Filed Against Easwaran
The TNM reached Madurai Police Commissioner, Prem Anand Sinha said that 3 cases were filed against Easwaran. They were petty cases, for creating annoyance in the are and selling liquor illegally, all within the Tallakulam limit.
“The police got information and a team under an SI went to investigate and found some bottles. They also picked his associate up. He (Easwaran) later went and self-immolated. An inquiry is being conducted by a DSP-level officer and preliminary inquiries suggest there is no form or substance here,” he said.
However, according to the sources at Tallakulam police station, there was only one ‘petty case’ against Easwaran.
“His associate Saravanakumar was arrested. Both of them were involved in the loose selling of liquor, but he ran away, so we arrested this guy and seized properties,” they said.