27-year-old Jaswant Singh, a resident of Dosanjh Kalan village of Jalandhar district, who was arrested by police for snatching gold chain, committed suicide by hanging himself with a grill of lock-up gate inside Goraya police station on Sunday at around 4.30 am.
Singh used hoodie cord of his high neck pullover while committing suicide. The cop Sukhrajpal Singh noticed him hanging at around 4.30 am.
As per the police, the accused had demanded a glass of water at 4 am, which was given by on duty cop Sukhrajpal Singh, who then went for rounds. When he came back, he noticed Jaswant hanging.
After getting information the senior administration officials, including additional deputy commissioner Girish Dayalan, superintendent of police (investigation) HPS Khakh, and Phillaur civil judge (junior division) Himanshi Galhotra, rushed to the spot. A judicial probe has been ordered into the incident.
A medical board has also been set up to conduct postmortem examination of the accused. The body has been shifted to civil hospital after formal inquiry and statements recorded by inquiry officials.
As per the initial probe, there is clearly negligence on the part of cops deployed at Goraya police station who failed to keep vigil on the accused inside the lock-up.
The accused was arrested on Saturday on complain of one Rachna Devi. The complainant had accused Jaswant of snatching gold chain by pointing a sharp-edged weapon at her and her sister while they were on the way to their village.
She said that she had raised an alarm after which some people had chased the accused and beaten him up.
Jaswant was then handed over to the cops but with injuries on his head. He was taken to a hospital for initial treatment after which he was brought back to police station.