Idukki: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday decided to provide government job to the wife of custodial death case victim Rajkumar. 49-year-old Rajkumar, who was in police custody, died on June 21 while he was taken to Peermade Taluk Hospital, Idukki after he complained of physical illness. It is alleged that he lost his life due to police torture in custody. 

The government also decided to provide Rs 4 lakh to Rajkumar's mother and children, Kasthuri, Jessy and Joshy. Presently, the money will be deposited in the name of the children and once the kids attain the age of 18, they can withdraw the money. Meanwhile, the family can take the interest of the money and use that for children's education and other purposes. The money deposited in the account of Rajkumar's mother can be used for her daily expenses. 

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Rajkumar's postmortem report revealed that there were signs of physical assault and 32 wound marks below his knees. Injury to his vital organs and pneumonia led to Rajkumar's death, it stated, adding that he could have contracted pneumonia from the injuries sustained.

Regarding the case, two police officers including a sub-inspector KA Sabu and civil police officer Sajeev Antony were arrested based on the statements of the eye witnesses. The second and third accused in the case are still absconding. 

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On July 5, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered a judicial probe in the case of the custodial death of Rajkumar. He told media that strict action would be taken against the "criminals in the police force" and that the Nedumkandam custodial death is “unjustifiable”.