Juvenile home inmate suicide case: Family suspects foul play

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 10, 2015 16:24 IST

Family of the juvenile home inmate, who committed suicide on Tuesday morning, suspects foul play in his death. Sukhdeep Singh, elder brother of the 17-year-old juvenile, has alleged that there are "certain elements" present inside the juvenile home who thrashed him to death.

The police claimed that the juvenile had committed suicide by hanging self from the grills of the skylight in the bathroom where he had gone to take a bath. He hanged self with his turban. The deceased who belonged to Butari village was lodged at a juvenile home on September 5 for lifting a vehicle along with another person.

However, on Wednesday, when the deceased's family reached the civil hospital, Ludhiana, where the body was brought for postmortem, Sukhdeep Singh alleged that he had seen injuries on his brother's head.

"I don't know why the police are hell bent to prove that my brother committed suicide when there are injuries on my brother's body. When I went to the juvenile home on Tuesday some boys told me that the situation inside is worse and there are some accused who behave like goons with them," said Sukhdeep.

He said when the officials present inside the juvenile home saw him talking to the boys, Sukhdeep was told to go out and was later called but the same boys were tight lipped at that time, alleged Sukhdeep. He also demanded that there should be a detailed independent inquiry into the matter so that the "actual cause of death" of his brother could be brought out.

The Shimlapuri police station has filed the proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC after judicial home officials informed the police that "it was a case of suicide".

Gurbinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Shimlapuri, said the postmortem was conducted on Wednesday in presence of a judge. The judge holding the inquiry has also recorded the statements of the juvenile home inmates and also of the deceased's family. The statements would be beneficial to connect all dots in case of foul play.

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