A history-sheeter called Ashok, arrested by Ashok Nagar police on Monday, died while under police custody.
“Since he died while in police custody, an enquiry by a magistrate will be conducted. Necessary action will be taken based on its outcome,” said a senior police officer.
Police said Ashok had been booked in 11 cases of robbery and theft. In 2012, he was detained under the Goondas Act. Relatives of Ashok could not be contacted for their version of the events that lead to his death.
Last year, custodial deaths spiked in Tamil Nadu as 15 persons died while in police detention. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, speaking at a conference attended by police officers last December, had termed custodial deaths a “travesty of justice”. The Chennai police was widely condemned when a 14-year-old boy, picked up on suspicion of a temple hundial theft, suffered a bullet injury in his neck while being interrogated at gunpoint by a police inspector at the Neelankarai police station here.