Beaten to death in custody: Family alleges after man's death in Karnataka

Beaten to death in custody: Family alleges after man's death in Karnataka; Forest officer said - was already sick

Oct 14, 2022 - 09:04
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Beaten to death in custody: Family alleges after man's death in Karnataka

A tribal man died in the custody of forest department officials in Mysore, Karnataka. The deceased has been identified as Cariappa. Cariappa lived in Beguru Gram Panchayat. He was taken into custody on October 10 for possessing deer meat.
Cariappa's family and villagers have accused the forest workers of torturing and killing him. Forest officials have claimed that Cariappa was seriously ill. He was not harmed in any way in custody.
Officials said he was feeling uneasy on Wednesday. Cariappa was then taken to KR Hospital and declared brought dead.
Forest staff of Gundre forest range said Cariappa had a history of being ill. While the tribals of the area allege that they were beaten to death by the forest officials.
A family member of Cariappa said there were injury marks on his body. This proves that he was tortured.
Another relative told that the forest officer picked up Cariappa from near his house. Now suddenly they are saying that he has died. The family members claim that they have complained to the police, but SP R Chetan said that they have not received any complaints.
Suresh, a resident of Brahmagiri tribal settlement said that whenever the forest department officials see the carcass of a wild animal, they arrest us. Even if the animal had a natural death. Not only this, the officials threaten and harass us to register cases in some cases. I demand from CM Bommai that there should be a fair investigation into the matter.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer