Following death city police were quick to suspend Kodungaiyur Inspector Miller and his team sub-inspector Kannappan and constables, Jayasekar, Manivannan and Sathyamoorthy within hours of the custodial death of 33-year-old history-sheeter, S Rajasekar on Sunday.
Police said that Rajsekar, a resident of Thiruvallur district, had confessed to the crime and in the process he reported uneasiness.
“We rushed him to a nearby hospital where he felt better after the treatment. We then brought him back to the police station,” officials said.
However, he developed complications again and was declared “brought dead” by the Government Stanley Hospital, officials said.
Commissioner Shankar Jiwal had said action will be taken against the cops if the autopsy report reveals lapses.
The Inspector Miller who killed the History sheeter in his custody has history of series of serious allegations against him, including gunning down a 21-year-old crime suspect, Vallarasu in July 2019, near Madhavaram.
Police sources said despite suggestions from the top to move him to southern Tamil Nadu in a non-sensitive post, he had managed to stay in the city.
Also, in the past seven years, he had served as Inspector only in police stations in the West zone of the Chennai police jurisdiction Anna Nagar, Ambattur, MKB Nagar, Korattur, Maduravoyal, JJ Nagar and Kodungaiyur.
Less than a year ago, George Miller, while serving as Inspector (crime) in JJ Nagar, allegedly instigated the occupants in a tenancy case.
The property owner, G Dayalan, had approached the city police commissioner and the Madras High Court.
“It appears both the original complaint and the complaint lodged before the Commissioner of Police were closed on 07.09.2021 by the Inspector, though serious allegation was made against the (Crime) Inspector, George Miller,” the HC noted on September 8, 2021, and directed the Anna Nagar Deputy Commissioner to conduct an inquiry.
Another property owner too had moved the HC seeking relief. Miller, who was the Inspector at Anna Nagar station, in this case too, had sided with the tenant and threatened the property owners, read the petition by KK Krishnan.
In March 2020, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) recommended disciplinary action against Miller, for excess while he was Ambattur Inspector in 2012.
Leader Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami slammed the state government over Rajasekar’s death and urged the High Court judges to look into the matter.
Earlier, a 25-year-old man, V Vignesh, who was arrested in April this year for alleged possession of drugs and was reported “dead” the next day.
Six cops were arrested on murder charges after a post-mortem investigation found injuries on Vignesh’s body.