A 21-year-old man who was arrested for alleged chain-snatching died in police custody on Wednesday at the Kannagi Nagar police station in Chennai.
Following this, his relatives and locals began protesting in front of the police station. Two policemen have been suspended in the case. However, the police claimed that the man died due to health complications.
The deceased, Karthik, was arrested on Monday for allegedly robbing a software engineer in Thoraipakkam on Sunday night. Karthik, along with three other men, allegedly went in an auto-rickshaw and snatched her chain from her. When Sekar, a man working in a nearby shop, came to rescue her they attacked attacked him with a knife, cut off his ear and injured his right hand. He was immediately rushed to Stanley government hospital.
According to The Times of India, Karthik had breathing difficulty on Monday when police were interrogating him. On Wednesday morning, he fell ill and when he was taken to a private hospital, the doctor confirmed that he was brought dead.
Karthik was living in Chintadripet in Chennai. The relatives told The New Indian Express that on Monday, both Karthik and his friend Arunachalam had told them that they were going to Kannagi Nagar to meet their relatives. On Tuesday, when police visited Chintadripet, the parents came to know that their sons were arrested in a chain snatching case.
Kavitha, mother of Arunachalam said that she had rushed to the station to meet his son but she was not allowed. She alleged that they were beaten up by the police.
Narrating the events of Sunday, Kavitha said that her son, Arunachalam along with Parthiban and Karthik had left their homes saying that they are going to attend a function, and that she did not know that they were going to commit a crime.