Prison inmate commits suicide in Dharamsala jail

An under-trial inmate of the Dharamsala jail has committed suicide by jumping down from the third floor of the judicial court complex at Kangra this afternoon.

When the judge called him to appear before him so that the charges could be framed against him, the under-trial Virendra Kumar (35) son of Bangali Ram resident of village Baidi district Kangra suddenly ran away from the police custody and jumped down from the third floor of the court complex.

He was taken to the local government hospital where he was declared brought dead.

An FIR under sections 498-A, 323 and 506 of the IPC was lodged against him on July 7 this year on the complaint of his wife. She had complained that her husband used to beat her regularly for not bringing dowry. He had threatened to kill her and beaten her.

He was arrested by the police immediately and produced before the court the very next day. Since then, he was in the judicial custody and was lodged in the Dharamsala jail.

The ASP said that the two policemen Kushal Chand and Ajit Singh accompanying him in the court had been immediately suspended from service for negligence in duty.

The district police would recommend a magisterial probe into the whole incident after receiving the post-mortem examination report of the dead body, said the ASP.

The dead body of the deceased would be handed over to his family members after getting conducted the post-mortem examination. (end)

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