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19 deaths over past four months in Kapurthala jail raises alarm

With another inmate committing suicide by hanging himself from the washroom grill at Modern Jail in Kapurthala on Friday, the number of deaths on the jail premises over the past four months has swelled to 19, calling into question the security processes and system being followed by the authorities.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2015 10:59 IST
Parampreet Singh Narula
jail inmate
A file photo of Kapurthala Modern Jail. HT Photo

With another inmate committing suicide by hanging himself from the washroom grill at Modern Jail in Kapurthala on Friday, the number of deaths on the jail premises over the past four months has swelled to 19, calling into question the security processes and system being followed by the authorities.

Of the 19 deaths documented, the cause of 15 was reported to be rapid deterioration of their health, allegedly due to unhygienic conditions in jail.

Four had committed suicide by hanging themselves in the barracks.

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

This unending news of death of inmates has continued even as there have been protests by families of several inmates alleging negligence by the jail authorities, (some have even accused the jail authorities of killing their wards) and have sought an inquiry into the deaths.
The family of Ravi Kumar (24), who reportedly committed suicide on May 18 after hanging himself with an exhaust fan in the jail washroom, has been in protest mode ever since and have alleged foul play.

Another minor boy Nafasad Hussain, who was illegally sent to jail by showing his age as 19, had also committed suicide by hanging himself a grill on May 27. The family had alleged that their ward was a juvenile and had been illegally detained.

Family members of both Rakesh Chandar Gogna, who died on May 21 and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, who died on August 31, after deterioration of their health claiming that these inmates had been tortured by the police.

Kins of Manjit Singh, who also died after a sudden deterioration in his health also staged a protest, claiming that he had been arrested after a false case had been registered against him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

"Our ward was also denied timely treatment," a family member alleged.

Sources, however, claimed that among the inmates who died after a sudden deterioration of their health, most were HIV patients or drug addicts.
Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.

Jail superintendent Paramjeet Singh Sandhu claimed that depression and family dispute were among the major reasons for suicides on the jail premises.

"To curb the deaths due to health problems, we are planning to bring all the prisoners at risk to the civil hospital for check-up. We will provide treatment to those found in serious condition," he said, adding that he would request for more medical staff to be added at the jail to ensure timely treatment.

DEATH COUNT AND CAUSE

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.

jail inmate, suicides, Kapurthala Modern Jail, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act
19 deaths over past four months in Kapurthala jail raises alarm

Parampreet Singh Narula
letterschd@hindustantimes.com

Kapurthala: With another inmate committing suicide by hanging himself from the washroom grill at Modern Jail in Kapurthala on Friday, the number of deaths on the jail premises over the past four months has swelled to 19, calling into question the security processes and system being followed by the authorities.

Of the 19 deaths documented, the cause of 15 was reported to be rapid deterioration of their health, allegedly due to unhygienic conditions in jail.

Four had committed suicide by hanging themselves in the barracks.

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

This unending news of death of inmates has continued even as there have been protests by families of several inmates alleging negligence by the jail authorities, (some have even accused the jail authorities of killing their wards) and have sought an inquiry into the deaths.
The family of Ravi Kumar (24), who reportedly committed suicide on May 18 after hanging himself with an exhaust fan in the jail washroom, has been in protest mode ever since and have alleged foul play.

Another minor boy Nafasad Hussain, who was illegally sent to jail by showing his age as 19, had also committed suicide by hanging himself a grill on May 27. The family had alleged that their ward was a juvenile and had been illegally detained.

Family members of both Rakesh Chandar Gogna, who died on May 21 and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, who died on August 31, after deterioration of their health claiming that these inmates had been tortured by the police.

Kins of Manjit Singh, who also died after a sudden deterioration in his health also staged a protest, claiming that he had been arrested after a false case had been registered against him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

"Our ward was also denied timely treatment," a family member alleged.

Sources, however, claimed that among the inmates who died after a sudden deterioration of their health, most were HIV patients or drug addicts.
Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.

Jail superintendent Paramjeet Singh Sandhu claimed that depression and family dispute were among the major reasons for suicides on the jail premises.

"To curb the deaths due to health problems, we are planning to bring all the prisoners at risk to the civil hospital for check-up. We will provide treatment to those found in serious condition," he said, adding that he would request for more medical staff to be added at the jail to ensure timely treatment.

DEATH COUNT AND CAUSE

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.

jail inmate, suicides, Kapurthala Modern Jail, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act
19 deaths over past four months in Kapurthala jail raises alarm

Parampreet Singh Narula
letterschd@hindustantimes.com

Kapurthala: With another inmate committing suicide by hanging himself from the washroom grill at Modern Jail in Kapurthala on Friday, the number of deaths on the jail premises over the past four months has swelled to 19, calling into question the security processes and system being followed by the authorities.

Of the 19 deaths documented, the cause of 15 was reported to be rapid deterioration of their health, allegedly due to unhygienic conditions in jail.

Four had committed suicide by hanging themselves in the barracks.

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

This unending news of death of inmates has continued even as there have been protests by families of several inmates alleging negligence by the jail authorities, (some have even accused the jail authorities of killing their wards) and have sought an inquiry into the deaths.
The family of Ravi Kumar (24), who reportedly committed suicide on May 18 after hanging himself with an exhaust fan in the jail washroom, has been in protest mode ever since and have alleged foul play.

Another minor boy Nafasad Hussain, who was illegally sent to jail by showing his age as 19, had also committed suicide by hanging himself a grill on May 27. The family had alleged that their ward was a juvenile and had been illegally detained.

Family members of both Rakesh Chandar Gogna, who died on May 21 and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, who died on August 31, after deterioration of their health claiming that these inmates had been tortured by the police.

Kins of Manjit Singh, who also died after a sudden deterioration in his health also staged a protest, claiming that he had been arrested after a false case had been registered against him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

"Our ward was also denied timely treatment," a family member alleged.

Sources, however, claimed that among the inmates who died after a sudden deterioration of their health, most were HIV patients or drug addicts.
Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.

Jail superintendent Paramjeet Singh Sandhu claimed that depression and family dispute were among the major reasons for suicides on the jail premises.

"To curb the deaths due to health problems, we are planning to bring all the prisoners at risk to the civil hospital for check-up. We will provide treatment to those found in serious condition," he said, adding that he would request for more medical staff to be added at the jail to ensure timely treatment.

DEATH COUNT AND CAUSE

Sources said that six inmates each lost their lives at the jail in May and July. There were four deaths in June and August witnessed two deaths.
Friday's incident was the first in September, taking the toll over the past four months to 19.

Sources added that the overcrowding in the jail, crammed with more than 3,900 prisoners against the actual capacity of 2,670 prisoners, was also among one of the major reasons for the deaths as inmates lived in unhygienic conditions in their barracks.