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Magistrate suicide case: NHRC to probe various angles

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Kasaragod: With a district magistrate ending life merely a day after a brawl with an autorikshaw driver, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decided to probe into the circumstances that may have led to the death.

Unnikrishnan 2It may be recalled that B K Unnikrishnan (46) was found dead in his quarters in Sullia on Wednesday. He had hanged himself to death.

Earlier, Unnikrishnan hit headlines after he got into an altercation with an auto driver in Sullia, when the prior was on a pilgrimage to Subrahmanya temple. The argument over auto fare snowballed into a scuffle and ultimately landed in Sullia police station. The police too stated that the Magistrate had obstructed them to discharging duties. When the brawl made headlines on Tuesday, the High Court registrar general had suspended him from service on Tuesday.

With his death, the NHRC has decided to take up the case and probe from various angles including the fact as to which two advocates and a friend of the Magistrate who were with him in Sullia during the brawl were kept out of the case completely and why only the Magistrate was dragged.

Native of Valappila in Thrissur district, Unnikrishnan was appointed as district magistrate here on August 23 this year after his stint in Kanhangad. His body was handed over to his relatives after postmortem at Pariyaram Medical College Hospital. Funeral was conducted at Mullassery, Thrissur, on Thursday November 10.

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