A Salem Tabri resident who had been at large after he was accused of his wife's dowry death allegedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison here on Saturday night.
Sanjiv Kumar's condition is said to be stable. He is being treated at Dayanad Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). Police have now booked him for attempt to suicide under section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
A resident of New Aman Nagar in Salem Tabri, Kumar's wife Vaishali, 24, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her bedroom on Friday. On the day of her death, Kumar, his father Pardeep Kumar and mother Kanta Rani had said that she had killed herself as she had been depressed because of a miscarriage. However, the three were booked for dowry death under section 304-B of the IPC on Saturday after Vaishali's father Mahabir Singh, a resident of Delhi, reached the city and alleged that Vaishali's husband and in-laws often used to harass her daughter for dowry.
Police have not been able to ascertain the place where Kumar was hiding and where he consumed poison. Inspector Balwinder Singh, the station house officer of Salem Tabri police, said they received information about Kumar being wheeled into DMCH while they were making attempts to arrest him and his parents. Kumar's parents are still at large.