Magistrate accused of assaulting auto driver commits suicide

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016,18:37 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kerala | A Judicial Magistrate, who was recently suspended after being booked for allegedly assaulting an auto driver and policemen in Karnataka, on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by hanging at his official residence here, police said.

Kasaragod First Class Judicial Magistrate V K Unnikrishnan allegedly took the extreme step after sending his relative, who was staying with him, for getting tea, police said.

On returning, the relative found the room locked from inside following which he alerted neighbours and the 48-year-old magistrate’s colleagues.

Police broke open the door and found his body hanging in his room. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead, police said.

Two cases were registered against him for allegedly assaulting an autorickshaw driver and policemen in an alleged inebriated state at Sullia near Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on November 6, following which the Kerala High Court had suspended him.

Unnikrishnan is survived by wife and two children, police said.

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