Amritsar woman dies in custody; police claim suicide

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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  • Updated: Aug 28, 2014 10:06 IST

A 56-year-old woman who was in police custody since Tuesday in a dowry death case died at the police station under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday.

Cops claim that the woman committed suicide by hanging herself. The police have started investigations under sections 174 and 176 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure).

The deceased has been identified as Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of Nawa Pind. A case of dowry death had been registered against her and her son Mahinder Singh at Jandiala police station on charges of the dowry death of her daughter-in-law Sukhbir Kaur. The two were arrested on Tuesday. 

Giving details, Jandiala SHO Paramjit Singh said the investigation of the case had revealed that Sukhwinder was a domineering woman. He said that a couple of days ago, a tiff had taken place between Sukhwinder and Sukhbir over a paltry sum of `20, which Sukhbir had demanded from her mother-in-law to buy milk for her children.

“Sukhwinder allegedly strangled her daughter-in-law to death over this. The case was registered against her and her son (Sukhbir Kaur’s husband) on Tuesday and the two were arrested on the same day,” he said.

The woman was to be presented in court on Wednesday, he said.

“On Wednesday morning, Sukhwinder told the lady constable that she wanted to bathe before being taken to court. The lady constable took her to the bathroom where she committed suicide by hanging herself from the geyser with the help of her dupatta,” said the SHO.

He said the lady constable later informed the other staff on duty, who forced open the bathroom door to find her hanging from the geyser,” he said.

“After the visit of the magistrate to the police station, an investigation has been initiated into the matter under sections 174 and 176 of the CrPC,” the SHO said.


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