‘Head injury and broken ribs’: Kerala custodial death victim's autopsy reveals shocking details

Shameer was arrested for posessing marijuana, and died on October 1.
Representative pic of body of deceased
Representative pic of body of deceased
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Following the death of a 32-year-old man in police custody on October 1, four prison officers have been booked from Thrissur district in Kerala. Shocking details from the post mortem report of  the deceased Shameer, who was arrested for possessing marijuana, reveal that he had sustained fatal injuries to his head, chest and ribs. According to the autopsy report which was released on Friday, Shameer had died of the injury on his head. His ribs and chest had also been cracked and he had sustained over 49 wounds on his body. The report also said that his blood had coagulated following the attack and that he had been hit on his back, which was bleeding profusely.

The report was released by the Thrissur Medical College hospital where Shameer’s post mortem was performed in October 1. He was admitted to the medical college late on September 30 night and was immediately shifted to the surgery ward as he had visible wounds. He also sustained over 40 injuries on his body.  The report stated that the from inspecting the injuries, it is likely that the deceased had been beaten with sharp sticks.

According to reports, the 32-year-old had been arrested by the East Fort station police officials on September 29, after he was caught with 10 kilograms of marijuana. Shameer’s wife and two others had also been present with him when he was taken into custody.

After being remanded by a lower court, Shameer was shifted to a CFLTC or Covid First Line Treatment centre in Ambilikala till his results arrived. On September 30 he was taken to the General Hospital in the district after he reportedly complained of discomfort.

When he tried to run away from the hospital, the prison officials prevented his escape and had hit him, his wife told media persons. Following this, he was taken to another COVID care facility and on the same night, shifted to the Medical College after he sustained fatal wounds. He passed away on October 1.

The Kerala police have now booked four prison officials in Thrissur in connection with Shameer’s death. Further investigations in the case is ongoing.

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