Viswanathan sought police help thrice before death

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Kozhikode: As the probe over the death of tribal man Viswanathan, who was spotted hanging near Kozhikode Medical College intensifies, police found that he had sought the aid of cops before leaving the hospital in tears. Viswanathan went missing after a mob allegedly accused him of robbery on a day before his death. It has been reported that Viswanathan sought police help thrice before he left the hospital.

Viswanathan rang up to the police control room number at 12.05 pm, 12.06 pm, and 12.09 pm. But the calls received at the control room in Thiruvananthapuram were disrupted soon. The investigation team assumed that he might have called to seek the help of the police after being humiliated by some people.

Police have received CCTV footage of Viswanathan speaking to two people from the hospital premises. The investigation team is presently in Wayanad searching for these two persons.

Viswanathan’s family had lodged a complaint stating that the deceased was attacked by a mob on February 9 after alleging false theft charges. He had arrived at the hospital as a bystander for his pregnant wife. Viswanathan, who went missing at midnight on February 9, was found hanging on a tree near the hospital the next day.

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