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21 May 2019, Edition - 1407, Tuesday

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Coimbatore

Police torture reportedly leads to couple attempting self-immolation

Covai Post Network

Tension prevailed at the district collectorate here today when a couple attempted to self-immolate accusing an police inspector and a retired Assistant Commissioner of police (ACP) of giving torture over a financial transaction with a private lender.

Biju, running a workshop in Gandhimanagar in the city, has taken some loan from one Kumar for expanding his business some time ago. However, due to loss, he failed to return the money with interest and sought time to the lender, police said.

Based on the complaint by the lender, police Inspector Rajkumar, reportedly under the instructions of retired ACP Ramachandran, started torturing the man and also broke his leg. They also allegedly tried to molest his wife by kicking her, they told reporters.

The police officer, along with some 30 goons entered their house and threw out all household articles and locked the house throwing the couple on the streets, they said.

Though complaints were lodged with the district administration and also police department, no no action was taken against the inspector and retired police official, they said.

Suddenly they picked the kerosene can kept hidden and attempted to light the match stick. However, police on duty overpowered them and took them to nearby police station for detailed inquiry.

Even as police were taking them in an autorickshaw, they were heard wailing asking them to be allowed to die, instead of handing them over to the police.

This created tense moments in the district collectorate for a while, even as the immolation bid had gone viral in social media.

When contacted, a senior official reserved his comments saying that only after detailed inquiry, he can give his version

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