Man found dead at Fort police station: Crime Branch to probe

Man found dead at Fort police station: Crime Branch to probe
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Thiruvananthapuram: The district Crime Branch will probe the death of a 37-year-old person, accused of stealing, at the Fort police station in Thiruvananthapuram.

Ansari of the Karimadom colony was taken into custody in connection with a robbery case and was found hanging in the washroom of the police station on Sunday night.

The probe would primarily focus on whether there was any laxity in the part of the cops in following the procedures. A magistrate-level probe will also be held, as per the directives of the Human Rights' Commission.

Ansari had not suffered any assault, the cops said quoting the inquest report. There were no assault marks on his body. But the neck bore signs of strangulation by cloth. A team led by the magistrate also examined the body. However, a conclusion can be made only after a post-mortem, which will be conducted after the COVID-19 tests.

Ansari was taken into custody on Sunday evening over a complaint of stolen mobile phone.

Ansari, who went to washroom in the night, hung himself using his dhothi, according to the police. The cops said that they broke open the door and rushed him to the hospital, but his life could not be saved.

The special branch had found that the police had not followed the procedures. The detention of Ansari was not recorded in the general diary. Nor was it recorded in the FIR.

His relatives have sought an investigation into the case.

The Fort police station had earlier attained notoriety over the custodial death of a youth, Udayakumar, in 2005.

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