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'Custodial' Death: State Police Chief Admits to Serious Procedural Lapse

Published: 13th July 2015 07:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2015 07:01 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:State police chief on Sunday said that Marangattupilly police in Kottayam district has made a serious lapse by not subjecting the accused, Siby, to a medical examination while he was taken into custody. 

DGP T P Senkumar told Express that Siby was lying on the road after being sorely wounded, reportedly, in a brawl with another person.

“The cops took Siby to the police station rather than taking him into a nearby hospital. The police also retrieved an empty liquor bottle from his possession. So, it was nothing but an ommission on the part of the officials as they were reluctant to rush him to the nearest hospital”, he said.  However, he made it clear that the death of Siby was not due to any custodial torture. Infact, the accused,  whether drunk or not, should be subjected to medical examination and the officials should adhere to the rules and regulations of the department to avoid these kind of untoward incidents”, Senkumar said.

Siby, 39 was arrested by the Marangattupilly police on June 29 in connection with the fracas with a minor boy.

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