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Inquiry ordered into death of accused in jail

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Bathinda, July 12, 2014
First Published: 20:16 IST(12/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:40 IST(13/7/2014)

Deputy commissioner Basant Garg has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of an accused in a liquor case in the central jail here on Friday. The accused had allegedly died of a cardiac arrest on Friday. 

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The inquiry, to be conducted by chief judicial magistrate Raman Kumar, was ordered after family members of the deceased Gurdeep Singh (52), who alleged foul play by jail authorities in his death, staged a protest in front of the jail gate demanding an inquiry into the incident. They alleged that the victim was not provided medical help in time deliberately by the jail authorities, which led to his death.  

Garg said that the inquiry would find out the reasons behind the death of the accused. A three- member board of doctors has also been constituted to assist the inquiry.

Rajinder Singh, younger brother of the victim, alleged that the victim, who was a taxi driver, was wrongly arrested by the police and was locked in the jail. He said that the victim had reported illness early Friday, but he was not provided medical aid by the jail authorities even as he kept crying for help and he died of illness.

However, deputy superintendent, central jail, Manjeet Singh, denied delay in providing treatment and said that the accused suffered a massive heart attack and, despite medical aid provided to him, he died.

Gurdeep Singh, who was allegedly arrested with four boxes of illicit liquor on July 6, was granted bail by a local court on Friday. He reportedly went inside a bath room to take bath at about 5:30 pm when he suffered a massive heart attack leading to his death.

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