Panaji (Agencies): Investigations into the custodial death of an NRI in a police lock-up here has been handed over by the Goa police to a Special Investigation Team (SIT), Goa Home minister Ravi Naik informed the House.

Replying to a calling attention motion during the ongoing state Legislative Assembly session, Naik said SIT is headed by Superintendent of Police Omprakash Kudtarkar, which will probe the death of NRI Cypriano Fernandes.

Naik said the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) inquiry has concluded that Cypriano died due to injuries received in police custody.

"The SDM has submitted a report today in which he has concluded that Cypriano died due to injuries which he sustained while in police custody," the minister said.

He stated that SDM has recommended that appropriate offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) should be initiated against police officers on duty when Cypriano was in custody.

The 39-year-old seafarer on his vacation back home in Goa was arrested by Panaji police on January 7 after his woman friend complained that he was threatening her.

While the accused died in police custody, the police had said he was suffering from 'fits' and died a natural death.

The first setback in this case came after Deputy Superintendent of Police Bousette Silva in his inquiry report concluded that there were procedural lapses after Cypriano’s arrest.

Three policemen – Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar, Police Sub Inspector Radhesh Ramnathkar and Head constable Sandip Shirvaikar, were suspended after the preliminary report.