The boy had previously lost his hearing in an alleged assault by the police

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news Crime Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 09:24

After a search was initiated by the family of an 18-year old boy from Kannagi Nagar who allegedly fled fearing of police, he was found dead on the banks of the Cooum river on Friday. 

He was previously allegedly assaulted by the police in March over a cellphone theft and lost his hearing. 

According to The New Indian Express, Mukesh’s relatives say he fell into the river as he and two other boys were being chased by the police on Thursday morning after clashes at a funeral.

The family also alleged that they were not informed of Mukesh’s death by the police and that they found his body on the banks of the Cooum only after ordering a search. 

Mukesh’s mother told The New Indian Express that the family had left for a funeral in Pudupet. 

A clash broke out between two groups of boys at the funeral, with glass bottles broken in the fight. Police rushed to the spot in the wee hours of Thursday morning, by which time the children had fled the scene.  

However, his family did not know that he was part of the clash. They also allege that the police threw stones at the boys. The Chennai police have denied the incident. Police said the clashes had ended by the time they reached the scene and the boys fell into the Cooum river while escaping. 

Chennai: 18-yr-old victim of alleged custodial violence found dead in banks of Cooum

Blurb: The boy had previously lost his hearing in an alleged assault by the police

After a search was initiated by the family of an 18-year old boy from Kannagi Nagar who allegedly fled fearing of police, he was found dead on the banks of the Cooum river on Friday. 

He was previously allegedly assaulted by the police in March over a cellphone theft and lost his hearing. 

According to The New Indian Express, Mukesh’s relatives say he fell into the river as he and two other boys were being chased by the police on Thursday morning after clashes at a funeral.

The family also alleged that they were not informed of Mukesh’s death by the police and that they found his body on the banks of the Cooum only after ordering a search. 

Mukesh’s mother told The New Indian Express that the family had left for a funeral in Pudupet. A clash broke out between two groups of boys at the funeral, with glass bottles broken in the fight. Police rushed to the spot in the wee hours of Thursday morning, by which time the children had fled the scene.  

However, his family did not know that he was part of the clash. They also allege that the police threw stones at the boys. The Chennai police have denied the incident. Police said the clashes had ended by the time they reached the scene and the boys fell into the Cooum river while escaping. 

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