The policemen in Karnataka’s Madikeri had allegedly beaten the 50-year-old mentally unstable man Roy D’Souza for “violating the lockdown” last week.
Eight policemen were suspended following a preliminary inquiry, reported ND TV.
D’Souza was picked up from Virajpeth in Kodegu District on Wednesday after he was seen roaming around the city.
His family said to media that D’Souza was unconscious when they reached the police station following the police summoned them to take him from the police station.
He was later taken to a hospital where he died on Saturday.
“He was living with his mother and had run away from his house late at night on June 8. The policemen found him wandering about, questioned him for violating the lockdown norms and thrashed him,” family members said.
“An inquiry is being conducted by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. As per the National Human Rights Commission guidelines, we are handing over the case to the CID,” Inspector General of Police, Karnataka Southern Range, Praveen Madhukar Pawar, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Eight policemen have been suspended based on the preliminary report. The postmortem report is yet to come,” Superintendent of Police, Kodagu, Kshama Mishra told NDTV.