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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that  40 year old Kalimuthu, arrested in connection with a theft case, was found dead while in custody at Thalassery Police Station in Kerala on October 9, 2016. He hailed from Salem district of Tamil Nadu. He was reportedly, tortured by police.

The NHRC has issued notice to the Director General of Police, Kerala, calling for a detailed report including the Inquest, Post-mortem Examination, video CD of the Post-mortem and other relevant reports as per standing directions given by it, according to an NHRC release. Issuing the notice, the Commission has observed that this is a case of violation of Right to Life of a person who died in police custody, where he was reportedly, detained without any reason. The callous attitude of the police personnel amounts to dereliction of duty on their part.

According to the media report carried on October 10, 2106, Kalimuthu, the deceased, along with another person was caught near a temple in Thalassery area by public. Police came and took both of them under their custody. Police later found that the two were not involved in any theft yet did not release them immediately. As per police version, both of them were manhandled by the crowd after they were caught on suspicion.

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