3 excise officials held for man's death in custody
Three officials of the excise department were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of a man, who was taken into custody by the department for allegedly possessing ganja, police said. "We are in search of four more accused in the case," a senior police official told PTI.
Ranjith Kumar (35) of Malappuram was being taken to a police station on October 1 when he showed symptoms of seizure and died on the way to a hospital. But, a postmortem report revealed he had multiple internal injuries, the police said. A case of unnatural death was registered and later homicide charges were levelled against the excise officials, they said.
Kumar was a history-sheeter with many 'ganja' (cannabis) cases registered against him, the police said. Most of the cases were for allegedly selling and distributing the narcotic among schoolchildren, they added.
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