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Juvenile dies by suicide at Bhojpur’s correction home; family members allege murder

ByAvinash Kumar, Prashant Ranjan
Oct 16, 2021 02:44 PM IST

A 16-year-old boy, accused of abducting a girl, allegedly killed himself at a correction home in Bihar’s Bhojpur district late on Friday evening under mysterious circumstances, officials said

A 16-year-old boy, accused of abducting a girl, allegedly killed himself at a correction home in Bihar’s Bhojpur district late on Friday evening under mysterious circumstances, officials said. The family members, however, alleged murder.

Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)

Following the incident, at least 10 inmates managed to escape from the facility. The custodial death brought district officials on their toes and Bhojpur district magistrate Roshan Kushwaha ordered a probe into the matter.

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According to the assistant director, Child Protection Unit, Bhojpur, the deceased is a resident of Budhanpurva village under Town police station of Buxar district. He was brought to the home located at Dhanpura under the jurisdiction of Town police station on October 6.

Thakur said as per routine, the pre-dinner counting of inmates took place around 7.30 pm. All the inmates then reached the mess for dinner. After taking dinner, the boy went to the bathroom on the first floor of the correction facility. He locked the door from inside and hanged himself with the help of a towel.

The incident came to light when other inmates found the bathroom locked from inside and the home staff broke open the door. He was immediately rushed to Sadar hospital where the doctor declared him brought dead.

Currently, 87 juveniles are residing in the correction facility in which 14 were staying in quarantine rooms. Taking advantage of the chaos that prevailed after the incident, 10 inmates of the correction home escaped at around 9.30 pm.

Thakur said, adding, many adjoining areas of the town have been cordoned off. Parents of the inmates have been informed, he added.

Parents of the inmates have been informed, Verma added.

Thakur, while talking with reporters said, “The juvenile who died by suicide tried to kill himself earlier as well by consuming phenyl. After the officials learnt about his suicide attempt, he was rushed to the local hospital for emergency treatment.”

The deceased’s elder brother informed that his younger brother eloped with a girl and took her to New Delhi. Family members caught them and handed them over to the local police where an FIR was already lodged on the statements of the girl’s kin. The brother alleged murder because he said several injury marks were found on his body.

Taking a serious note of the incident, the DM visited the spot on Saturday morning and enquired about the incident. He asked the additional district magistrate (ADM) to conduct a preliminary enquiry of the matter. He said that the body has been sent to Sadar hospital where a post-mortem would be performed by a three-member medical board and it would be videographed.

Meanwhile, the mother of the deceased raised question about the police inaction which, according to her, led to the boy’s drastic step. She alleged that the Buxar police have not carried out any conclusive probe regarding the elopement by the deceased.

In another incident reported from Aurangabad Correction Home, agitated inmates vandalised the place after a delay in meals. The inmates reacted to protest against the inferior quality of food being served to them.

In-charge superintendent Bikramaditya Pal said inmates damaged furniture, windowpanes, generator, tore official papers and attacked the staff leading to two of them sustaining severe injuring. All of this, following a delay in serving the meal on Friday evening.

Police forces, including senior officials Sadar SDO Vijyant and SDPO Guatam Sharam Omi, rushed to the spot to control the situation.

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