The post-mortem report of Subash, a construction worker from Maradu who was reportedly found hanging inside his house on December 27 has hinted at a possibility of custodial torture.
The 37 year old labourer was taken into police custody and later released on December 26 by the police after he allegedly created nuisance in an inebriated state.
The suicide triggered massive protests which led to the transfer of Sub Inspector P R Santhosh.
Times of India reports that as per the autopsy report, the deceased had nine injuries on body including the one caused by ligature material while hanging.
The report further said that infiltration of blood found on either sides of neck could have been due to local blunt force application -pressure exerted by finger tips -by hand while holding the neck in addition to non-lethal injuries on his stomach, chest and left side of the hip.
Subhash had four blunt injuries in his right arm which could have been caused due to forcible gripping of the arm by the hand.
Relatives of the deceased had alleged that Subash committed suicide owing to depression after being assaulted by the Maradu sub-inspector P R Santhosh in public place.
This is not the first instance that Kochi police had been accused of custodial torture.
Six months ago, in July 2015, death of Siby, a 40-year-old Marangattupilly native, was alleged to be a result of custodial torture.