Policeman on the run in Kerala after man’s road death

Authorities have suspended deputy superintendent of police Harikumar from service, amid anger over incident

Thiruvananthapuram: The death of a young man in Kerala — allegedly after being pushed onto a road by a police officer, only to be run over by a car — has triggered a furore in the state.

Fingers are being pointed at a deputy superintendent of police, who is presently on the run, and the police are facing flak for allegedly not making enough effort to track down the accused officer.

The incident happened on Monday on the outskirts of the state capital.

The deceased has been identified as S. Sanal Kumar, 32, while the accused is deputy superintendent B. Harikumar.

The two had an argument over the parking of Kumar’s vehicle at Kodangaravilakam junction, and Harikumar is alleged to have pushed the young man.

Kumar lost balance and was reportedly falling backward when a car that was passing by hit him. He was rushed to the Neyyattinkara General Hospital and later to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, but could not be saved.

Harikumar went into hiding after the incident and has been suspended from service, pending an inquiry.

On Wednesday, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala condemned the incident and criticised the police for not being able to apprehend the accused officer.

“This is state-sponsored murder,” Chennithala said, adding that Harikumar’s links to top political leaders were helping him to avoid arrest.

Deceased Kumar was an electrician and plumber, and witnesses have said that Harikumar pushed him onto the road, leading to the onrushing car fatally hitting him.

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