Custodial death: Investigation transferred to CBI

The Kerala government decided to hand over to CBI the probe into the death of a man, who was picked up by the excise department for allegedly possessing 'ganja'.

The man identified as Ranjith Kumar (35) had been taken into custody by the narcotic squad on October 1 and while being taken to the police station he showed symptoms of seizure and had subsequently died.

However, post-mortem report had revealed multiple internal injuries following which three excise officials had been arrested, and four are absconding. A case of unnatural death was registered and later homicide charges were pressed against the excise officials responsible for the incident.

Ranjith was a history-sheeter with many 'ganja' (cannabis) cases, most of them for allegedly distributing the narcotic among schoolchildren.