Man under custody collapses and dies; locals accuse police of torture

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Locals protesting at the police station, Manoharan

Thrippunithura: A man who was nabbed during a vehicle inspection near Irumpanam farmers colony, allegedly collapsed and died at Hill Palace police station in Ernakulam on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Irumpanam native Manoharan (52).

Police took Manoharan under custody at around 8.45 pm on Saturday. When police waved at Manoharan to stop his bike, he parked a few metres away. This provoked the police and they thrashed him, locals said. Police urged him to undergo a breath test and took him to the police station by jeep, they said.

Police said that Manoharan collapsed at the station and was immediately rushed to Thrippunithura taluk hospital. Though he was shifted to Medical Trust Hospital in Ernakulam, his life could not be saved.

Following Manoharan’s death, his relatives and natives protested in front of the police station alleging cops had tortured him. Later, they dispersed after getting assurance that a detailed probe will be held.

Meanwhile, police said that no one had physically harmed Manoharan. The CCTV visuals at the station will prove this, they added.

Manoharan is survived by wife Sini and children Arjun and Sachin.

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