A man named P Manoharan was caught during a vehicle inspection and was transferred to the Hill Palace police station in Tripunithura, Ernakulam district. Sadly, he passed away while en route to the hospital. The police claim that he died due to natural causes. However, witnesses and Manoharan’s family claim that the police physically attacked him before torturing him at the station.
Eyewitnesses allege that the police detained Manoharan after he failed to stop his scooter when told to do so by officers. They then allegedly attacked him and dragged him to the station. As a result, a mob of protesters surrounded the police station where he had been detained.
In response to the incident, a police sub-inspector was suspended, and the state government has mandated a crime branch enquiry. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress both organised protest marches to the police station, calling for action against all police officers who were on duty when Manoharan was taken into custody.