Custodial death: Natives, political parties stage protests; VD Satheesan seeks action against CI

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Kochi: Political parties and natives staged a protest in front of Hill Palace Police Station in Tripunithura on Sunday, demanding action in the alleged custodial death of an Irumpanam native on Saturday night. Protestors blocked the police station entrance and the road.

Manoharan, 53, died in police custody Saturday night. According to an eyewitness, police slapped and took him away in their jeep for not stopping his bike during a vehicle inspection. Police say Manoharan collapsed soon after arriving at the police station. Even though police officials rushed him to a hospital, he died.

Tripunithura sub inspector Jimmy George has been suspended from service. However, the protestors demanded action against all officials involved in the case. The department has initiated an investigation into the matter.

On Sunday, Youth Congress workers staged a blockade at the police station. Later locals joined the protest, followed by a march by BJP workers to the station.

Opposition leader VD Satheesan visited the victim's house and alleged it was a "cruel custody murder." He warned the government of severe protest if murder charges are not invoked against the police officers.

He also levelled allegations against the circle inspector of Thripunithura and sought action against the official.

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