Tension prevailed in Lakshmeshwara near here as a group of people vandalised a police station and set a police vehicle ablaze following the alleged custodial death of a person, police said. Accusing Lakshmeshwara Police Sub Inspector (PSI) and his driver responsible for the death, family members and villagers of the deceased have alleged that they had beaten him mercilessly. Thy are protesting in front of the police station demanding for the PSI's presence, even as senior police officials claim that his where about is not known to them. A 21 year lorry driver, Shivappa is said to have been arrested last evening on the charges of his involvement in the illegal sand mining. Senior police officials said, a murder case has been registered and investigation will be handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Stating that postmortem will be conducted as per the guidelines to ascertain the cause of the death, they said the PSI will be suspended. Additional forces have been deployed and prohibitory orders have been clamped by the police in Lakshmeshwara to ensure that the tension dose not escalates. Police said a case has also been registered relating to police station arson.
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