Kerala Magistrate booked for 'assaulting' Karnataka cops found hanging
- Unnikrishnan had filed a complaint against Sullia police alleging custodial torture
- He had complained that the police used third-degree
- Karnataka police had filed two cases against the magistrate
V K Unnikrishnan, 45, the Kerala magistrate who was booked by Karnataka police on Sunday for allegedly assaulting policeman, found hanging in his quarters in Kasargod.
His dead body was found in his his official quarters on Wednesday morning. The police suspect that it as a case of suicide.
Kerala High Court had suspended Unnikrishnan after Karnataka police registered cases against him for allegedly manhandling policemen on duty and an auto driver at Sullia Town in Mangalore.
Unnikrishnan had filed a complaint with Kasargod Town Circle Inspector alleging that Sullia police brutally tortured him in custody.Karnataka police took him into custody when he was returning to Kerala after visiting a temple in Karnataka. A team of policemen, led by Sullia Sub-inspector tortured him in custody using third-degree methods, the complaint said. He also complained that the police officers made him to drink alcohol mixed with soft drink when he demanded drinking water.
Kerala High Court had sought an explanation from the magistrate after the incident made news. Kerala State Human Rights Commission has ordered a probe into the death of the magistrate.