Booked for assaulting cops, Kasaragod magistrate found dead

The Kerala High Court Tuesday placed Unnikrishnan under suspension after Sullia police in Karnataka registered two cases against him. Unnikrishnan and few others had gone to Sullia last Sunday.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:November 10, 2016 4:09 am

A day after he was suspended in connection with an alleged assault case, Kasaragod Judicial Magistrate V K Unnikrishnan allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday morning. His body was found hanging at his official residence in Kasaragod on Wednesday, said police. The state human rights commission has now asked the police to probe the magistrate’s death.

The Kerala High Court Tuesday placed Unnikrishnan under suspension after Sullia police in Karnataka registered two cases against him. Unnikrishnan and few others had gone to Sullia last Sunday.

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There, in an inebriated state, he allegedly picked up a quarrel with an autorickshaw driver and manhandled him. He also allegedly assaulted two policemen who intervened.

At the police station, the magistrate reportedly continued attacking police personnel after revealing his identity.

Subsequently, the Karnataka Police registered two cases against the magistrate for criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint and causing hurt to a public servant.

Police had informed the registrar of Kerala High Court for further proceedings in the case. The district judge had reported to the HC that the magistrate had gone out of the state without prior permission.

The magistrate, however, alleged that the policemen assaulted him at the police station and forced him to drink. Back in Kasaragod, he also registered a case against police personnel in Sullia and the auto driver.