An undertrial woman died in the district jail here on Saturday, reportedly of anxiety. Kulwinder Kaur, a resident of Khanpur Thiara village, was accused of killing her husband in 2010. Her second husband, who is a co-accused, has also been lodged in the same jail.
Sources said her trial was at a final stage and she was expecting an adverse judgment when the case was to come up for hearing on September 12 in the court of additional sessions judge JS Bhinder. She had almost given up food and had become frail, sources said.
On Saturday, around 12.30pm, she reportedly complained of uneasiness. The jail authorities rushed her to the civil hospital but she died on the way. The district magistrate was sounded and on his behalf additional deputy commissioner BS Dhaliwal directed the health authorities to constitute a board of doctors for conducting the post-mortem.
Dhaliwal said the State Human Rights Commission had been informed of the inmate's death. Jail superintendent BS Beesla claimed that the woman died of heart attack. She was getting proper medical treatment, he added.
A case under section 302 of IPC had been registered against Kulwinder Kaur and her second husband Manjinder Singh at Bulhowal police station on the complaint of Kulwinder's sisters-in-law who had alleged that their brother Gian Chand had been poisoned to death by the accused.
They had alleged that Gian Chand was killed as the accused considered him a hurdle in their illicit relationship.
The complainants said they first hesitated to go to the police but when the accused married within days of the death of their brother and applied for police protection, making them a party, they decided to lodge a complaint. They said Kulwinder and Gian Chand had married in 1997 and had three children.
Kulwinder's parents in Kapurthala district had been sounded but till late evening no one had reached the hospital where her body has been kept.