Mumbai: The entire world joined hands and demanded justice after the death of George Floyd due to police brutality. Back home, the death of Tuticorin father-son duo allegedly in police custody has caused a furore across Tamil Nadu, Bollywood and celebrities.

On June 19, P Jayaraj (59) and his son Fenix (31) were picked up for questioning by the cops in Sathankulam police for violating lockdown rules. Police said that the duo kept their mobile shop open during the lockdown.

They were allegedly beaten to death by the police. Fenix died at the Kovilpatti General Hospital on June 22, while his father died on June 23.

Support has been pouring in for the bereaved family and celebrities are demanding justice for the cruelty meted out to the two allegedly by the police.

Bollywood celebrities and cricketers took to social media to express their anger. Taapsee Pannu, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Shikhar Dhawan and others followed the trend #JusticeforJayarajAndFenix on Twitter, seeking justice for the two men and standing against police brutality.

Taapsee Pannu tweeted, “This might just be one case out of many but it takes only one case to begin the snowball effect. #JusticeforJayarajAndFenix It could’ve been anyone we know. Details are scary and gut-wrenching.”

Ritiesh Deshmukh called the behaviour of the police a ‘national shame’ and tweeted, “This is tragic & absolute National Shame. It sends shivers down my spine even reading about it. We all must stand together against this barbaric brutality. #JusticeForJeyarajAndFenix.”

Ritiesh’s wife Genelia D’Souza too revealed how shocked she is that we have become such a “horrible race” and called the incident brutal.

Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and celebrity Vir Das also tweeted expressing their angst over the death of Jayaraj and his son Fenix.

While the hashtag is trending on Twitter for several days now, the judicial probe regarding the unfortunate deaths is underway.