A 46-year-old man, arrested on charges of theft, allegedly committed suicide by immolating himself on the premises of the Kanathur police station, on Monday.
Kanathur police identified the deceased as Humayun, a carpenter and a resident of Jai Nagar, Panayur, who was arrested on Sunday evening following a complaint of theft lodged by a woman resident of Kanathur. “Humayun , who was to be remanded to custody on Sunday, was sitting on the Kanathur station premises as there is no lock-up facility. There was an SSI and a sentry on duty. Around 12.30 a.m., he doused his body a can of kerosene, which had been seized in another case, and ran outside with a matchbox,” a senior officer said.
Humayun set himself ablaze immediately, police said. The two policemen put out the flames and rushed him to a private hospital nearby. He was shifted to Government Kilpauk Medical College hospital, where he succumbed to his burns at around 7.30 a.m.
A first-time offender, he is suspected to have taken the extreme step following humiliation over his arrest, the officer.
Family members, including his wife, Yasmin, claimed that police personnel had brutally assaulted him and set him ablaze. They refused to claim Humayun’s body, wanting a thorough probe into the death. Senior police officials reached the hospital and assured them that necessary action would be taken, following which the body was handed over.
A judicial enquiry has been ordered into the death.