Custodial death of Odia man: 6 Karnataka cops suspended

Bengaluru: Six police personnel of the Jeevan Bima Nagar police station here were suspended on Monday in connection with the custodial death of an Odia man.

The suspended cops are station in-charge Hitendra, police sub-inspector Rajashekhara, head constable Ajaz Ahmed, and constables Siddappa, Mohan Ram and Keshava.

The deceased, identified as 42-year-old Mahendra from Odisha, was detained at the police station on charges of involvement in a robbery case filed by businessman Purohit.

The complainant had said in his complaint that Rs. 3 lakh was found missing in his house on Saturday morning and Mahendra was “acting suspiciously”.

Notably, Mahendra had been working as a cook and gardener at the house of Purohit for over 12 years.

During interrogation on Saturday evening, Mahendra complained of breathlessness and a burning sensation in his chest. He was immediately admitted to Chinmaya Mission Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Initially, the police claimed that Mahendra died of a cardiac arrest. However, senior police officials who conducted a probe revealed that Mahendra was subjected to “intense” interrogatio,n which led to his death.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) on Monday took suo motu cognisance of the allegation and sought a report from the State police on the case.