Kerala cop suspended as man dies in police custody near Kochi after being beaten up

The incident occurred on Saturday evening, after the man was held for not stopping his motorbike when a police team asked him to pull over.


Published Mar 26, 2023 | 2:44 PMUpdatedMar 26, 2023 | 2:44 PM

Kochi custodial death

A man died in police custody at Tripunithura near Kochi in Kerala, leading to the suspension of an officer who allegedly beat up the victim.

The incident occurred on Saturday, 25 March, evening when the victim who is the father of two children, did not stop his motorbike when asked to pull over by a team from Hill Palace police station in Thripunithura, which was carrying out routine checking.

The man was chased down by the police team and according to a woman claiming to be an eyewitness to the incident, one of the officers brutally slapped the victim when he took off his helmet.

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Taken away by police

The woman told the media that the man was then bundled into the police vehicle and taken away.

“Later in the night, I heard the news that he had died,” she said.

As angry locals reached the police station and threatened to hold a protest outside it, the officer concerned was suspended by the police.

A senior police officer of Kochi city confirmed the suspension and said an inquiry about the alleged custodial death has been launched.

“We are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death and further proceedings would be taken according to that,” he said.

Locals told reporters that the victim was administered a breath analyser test after being chased down and it had indicated that he was not drunk.

According to the woman and some others, the victim told the police that he did not stop as he was scared.

“Who will now look after his wife and two children?” they asked.

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