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MADURAI: People’s Watch, a human rights organisation based in Madurai, has demanded a CB-CID inquiry into the death of autorickshaw driver A Manikandan, who died in police custody, on Saturday morning. The Karimedu police arrested Manikandan on Friday evening for creating a ruckus and he was rearrested the same night for attacking a man.

Executive director of People’s Watch, Henri Tiphagne who addressed reporters here on Tuesday, said that fair inquiry cannot be expected by the city police, which has left no stone unturned to safeguard its personnel involved in the custodial torture, which led to Manikandan’s death.

Tiphagne said the family members were called to the police station in the midnight of Friday informing that Manikandan was not well and needs to be hospitalized. Once they reached the station, police decided against taking him to hospital and sent the family back. When Manikandan saw his family members, he pleaded with them to take him home as he was being tortured by the police.

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