45-year old Unnikrishnan VK -a First Class Judicial Magistrate- who was booked for alleged ruckus and assault by the Sullia police in Karnataka, was found hanging at his official residence in Kasargod on Wednesday.
According to the police, workers who were engaged in construction work at the quarters alerted the police on Wednesday morning.
After repeated phone calls to Unnikrishnan went unanswered, the workers peeped in through one of the windows, only to find the Magistrate hanging from the ceiling fan in the hall, said sub-inspector Prashobh of the Vidyanagar police station, while speaking to The News Minute.
No suicide note was found, but he was reportedly upset over his suspension, the SI added. The body has been sent to Pariyaram Medical College for postmortem.
The Sullia police had registered two cases against Unnikrishnan VK on Sunday for allegedly assaulting and manhandling an autorickshaw driver and police officials at the station, in an inebriated state.
Unnikrishnan was allowed to return to his official residence after signing an undertaking at the police station. After the Mangaluru police wrote to Registrar of the Kerala High Court as well as the Principal Judge of the Kasargod District Court, seeking directions on dealing with Magistrate, the latter was suspended on Tuesday.
He was booked on charges of criminal intimidation, causing voluntary hurt and breach of peace, wrongful restraint, and preventing a public servant from performing his duty.
Unnikrishnan had reportedly got himself admitted at a hospital for treatment of â€˜multiple external injuriesâ€™ which he claimed to have sustained in a brutal assault by the police, according to The New Indian Express.
It was in August 2016 that Unnikrishnan had taken charge. He is survived by his wife and two children.