Inmate dies at Kapurthala jail, family alleges torture

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 13:55 IST
The modern jail in Kapurthala. (HT Photo)

A 42-year-old undertrial died in the modern jail here on Friday morning under mysterious circumstances.

The deceased, Baljeet Ram, a resident of Phillaur, was arrested by the CIA staff of rural police in a drug case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act on Saturday and sent to jail on Wednesday.

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The family had alleged that he was falsely implicated by the police and they showed his arrest at another place though he was arrested from home.

Family members and relatives alleged that he was tortured by the rural police.

They held a protest at the civil hospital, where the body was brought for postmortem, and demanded action against the cops for torturing him, which allegedly led to his death.

Ranjeet Ram, son of the deceased, alleged that he was severely beaten up by the police for two days following which his health started deteriorating.

“We had appealed to the jail authorities to admit him to the civil hospital for treatment as he was badly beaten up by the police. But they did not do so, and he died due to lack of treatment,” Ram added.

Meanwhile, a three-member medical board conducted postmortem of the body in the presence of a judicial team at the civil hospital on Friday afternoon.

Senior medical officer Anoop Singh said that preliminary examination reports indicate he committed suicide by hanging himself. But, the exact cause of death will be clear only after the post-mortem report, which would may be received in a week.

Kapurthala jail deputy superintendent of police (DSP) DS Bhatti could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.

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