A 47-year-old man from Manor who was arrested for allegedly raping his two minor daughters hanged himself using his pants at a police lockup in Palghar on Saturday.
“Prima facie, we suspect he committed suicide as he was ashamed of his act. We are still investigating,” Nimit Goel, deputy superintendent of police, Palghar
The incident came to light when an on-duty policeman found the man’s body handing from the bars of the lockup at 6:30 am. He was taken to the Rural Hospital, Satpati, where he was declared dead on admission, said the police.
Goel ordered an inquiry and hinted that some police personnel who were on night duty at the police station could face actions. A CID probe is also on in the case.
“The father, who worked as a watchman at a steel unit, was arrested for allegedly raping his two minor daughters, aged 10 and 15, and performing un-natural sex whenever their was their mother, a vegetable vendor, was out in the field. He had continued his beastly act for several months before being caught by his wife. She lodged a complaint on March 23 and the police charged him under sections 376 (rape), 377 (un-natural sex) of the IPC and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. He was remanded in police custody till April 7,” said a police official.
“Since there is no lockup at Manor police station, the man was lodged in the Satpati Coastal police station,” said Nimit Goel, DySP, Palghar.
The police have registered a case of accidental death, said Goel.
“We are checking footage of CCTV cameras placed in the direction of the cell. We cannot place cameras inside the cell, as it is a violation of inmates’ human rights,” he said.