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Demanding justice: Residents of Dayanand Colony and family members of Aravind Hidakimath, who died in Hubli sub jail, stage a dharna outside the mortuary of KIMS on Saturday.
Demanding justice: Residents of Dayanand Colony and family members of Aravind Hidakimath, who died in Hubli sub jail, stage a dharna outside the mortuary of KIMS on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

Commissioner to hand over case to Corps of Detectives

HUBLI: The death of a youth, allegedly under mysterious circumstances, at the Hubli sub jail sparked off protests in Hubli on Saturday.

The parents and brother of the victim, along with the residents of Dayanand Colony in Keshwapur area, staged a protest outside the mortuary at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) against police atrocity, which they alleged had been the cause of the death.

However, they withdrew their protest following assurances by Police Commissioner Narayan Nadamani that he would hand over the case for COD inquiry.

Inquest

Assistant Commissioner of Dharwad Mahantesh Bilagi conducted the inquest with two medical officers.

According to sources, Aravind Hidakimath (25) was arrested by the police on Thursday night on charges of distribution of liquor bottles to woo voters.

Following a complaint from the Corporation officials, Aravind was taken into custody by the Keshwapur police. Aravind spent the night at the Keshwapur Police Station and on Friday morning he was produced before the magistrate, who remanded him to judicial custody.

Consequently, the police sent Aravind to Hubli sub jail. However, his health deteriorated on Friday night, and he reportedly died on the way to KIMS Hospital. According to police sources, he was suffering from asthma.

Mr. Mahantesh Bilagi told newsmen that the father of the victim, Channaviraswamy, a retired railway employee, had expressed suspicion over the cause of his son’s death and had requested the inquest. He said if found necessary, a magisterial inquiry would be held.

Second case

This is the second case in less than a month to be handed over to the CODby the Hubli-Dharwad Police.

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