The death of a 26-year-old man sparked protests in Udhgamandalam on Saturday following allegations that he died after physical torture in police custody.
Karthik, a worker in an estate near Kothagiri, was taken in police custody on Thursday in connection with a theft case. After the investigators refused to release him, his parents moved the court and relatives complained that he died a day after his release at a government hospital.
More than 200 people, including local residents and relatives of Karthik, sought immediate action against police officers who allegedly tortured him at Kothagiri and Solarmattam stations. They said Karthik was semi-naked and had injuries all over his body when he was handed over by the police.
He was taken in custody in connection with a theft of Rs three lakh from a house near Kothagiri.
Besides the police station, his relatives alleged, Karthik was also taken to a private cottage where he was subjected to severe torture before being handed over to his parents on Friday. A police officer said Karthik was taken to the government hospital in Kothagiri after release. P Shankar, district collector of Nilgiris, said a revenue divisional officer is probing the matter.