The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday took cognisance of a complaint that the Valiathura police allegedly tortured a person in police custody after he was arrested from his house in Neyyatinkara in the early hours of January 11.

SHRC chairman Justice J.B. Koshy has ordered his investigation wing to probe the complaint. The complainant, Jayakumar, alleged that the police trespassed into his house, beat him in front of his mother, and subsequently tortured him at the station house.

The commission has registered a case in connection with the death of an infant at Neyyatinkara Taluk Hospital allegedly because of negligence on the part of the doctors there.

The complaint was that the doctors belatedly referred the child to the specialised SAT Hospital in the city after he was admitted on January 15.

The child subsequently died.