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MADURAI: Prisoners deserve a dignified life and they must enjoy their rights during incarceration, said Madras high court, underscoring the need to improve prison culture and environment in Tamil Nadu.

To achieve the twin goals, a division bench laid down a set of directions, including formation of board of visitors for each jail and appointment of non-official visitors to all jails in the state.

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Madurai: Tension prevailed in Crime Branch area on Tuesday when functionaries belonging to Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam staged a protest in connection with Babri Masjid demolition anniversary.

When some of the protesters attempted to fly a drone, police prevented them and the functionaries tried to stage a road roko. Police pacified the protesters .

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MADURAI: People’s Watch, a human rights NGO based in Madurai, has urged the Chengalpattu district collector to directly inquire into the mysterious death of a 17-year-old juvenile at a juvenile correction facility.

The deceased, Gokul Sri, was a resident of Tambaram. He was taken into custody by Tambaram railway police after he allegedly stole a battery belonging to the railway department on December 29. Since he was a minor, he was lodged in a juvenile correction facility on December 30.

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MADURAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against the Madurai-based NGO, Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC), and its programming unit, People’s Watch, on charges of misusing foreign funds. Henri Tiphagne, executive director of People’s Watch, has termed the case a ‘vilification’ attempt.

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MADURAI: The Madras high court on Tuesday directed a team of experts to exhume and conduct a re-postmortem on the body of the Pudukottai fisherman on November 18, after taking into account the apprehension raised by his wife that her husband’s death was due to gunshot injuries suffered at the hands of the Sri Lankan authorities who had opened fire mid-sea.

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HC: Complete custodial death case prob by Jan

Oct 26, 2021, 04:06 IST

Madurai: The Madras high court on Monday asked the CB-CID to take steps to complete the investigation into the Avaniyapuram custodial death case by January 2022.

A division bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and justice M Duraiswamy asked the agency to expedite the investigation, after the state informed the court that the CB-CID probe was still underway in this case.

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Encounter: Search on for two aides of history-sheeter

Oct 17, 2021, 04.40 AM IST

Tuticorin: More than 30 hours after the killing of history sheeter S Duraimurugan near Muthaiahpuram in rural Tuticorin on Friday, the police were yet to nab two of his accomplices who fled the scene. Duraimurugan, 40, who has 35 cases including seven murders and 27 theft and robbery cases against him, was gunned down by police when he allegedly attacked a police constable and a sub-inspector with a machete.

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CHENNAI: Asserting that the 2018 police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors in Tuticorin was a scar on the face of our democracy, the Madras high court said citizens should not be fired at the behest of any corporate house.

“Also, the state should consider a realistic quantum of compensation for either category, apart from others who suffered injuries,” the court said on certain measures suggested by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), including enhancing the compensation to the families of those who died and or were injured.

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Three years after police allegedly gunned down 13 unarmed anti-Sterlite protesters in Tuticorin, the Madras high court on Friday chastised the state for not booking anyone in the matter.

“Can we kill people and throw money at them and say that our job is done? Is that the society that we want to build? Just throwing money at some people and everything else is hushed up?” asked the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice T S Sivagnanam.


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Madurai: The All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) has urged President Ram Nath Kovind to fill up vacancies in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including its chairperson in a fair and transparent manner by adhering to the guidelines without showing any bias.

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