Gurgaon jail warden kills self

Updated on Sep 18, 2008 01:46 AM IST

The body of the head jail warden of the Gurgaon District Jail was found in a parking lot about 20 kilometres from the jail on Wednesday. Police said the deceased, Hawa Singh (45), committed suicide, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja

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Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

The body of the head jail warden of the Gurgaon District Jail was found in a parking lot about 20 kilometres from the jail on Wednesday. Police said the deceased, Hawa Singh (45), committed suicide.

The police also found a suicide note, in which the warden blamed the jail superintendent, S.S. Dahiya and line officer Resham Singh of forcing him to kill himself. Dahiya had suspended Hawa Singh on September 15.

Dahiya and Resham Singh were booked under section 306 (abetment to commit suicide) of IPC on the basis of the statement of the relatives and the suicide note, ACP (West) R. Kala said. No arrests were made till Wednesday evening.

“He mentioned in the suicide note that he was ending his life because of the torture afflicted on him by the jail superintendent and line officer,” the ACP said.

The jail superintendent was not available for comments.

Hawa Singh’s wife Sarojbala said her husband had been very tensed after his suspension. “I had been trying to calm him down when he would cry saying he was innocent and the jail warden and other officers had taken wrong action against him.

Today my husband left the house at 2.30 am saying he was going to the office of director general (prisons) in Chandigarh to present his side of the story. He must have decided to commit suicide on the way,” said Sarojbala.Hawa Singh's's body was found in a parking lot near the Mini Secretariat. Police said he had consumed poison.

His colleagues said Dahiya behaved aggressively from the day he assumed charge and was a habitual bully and had an altercation with Hawa Singh a few days ago on a trivial issue inside the jail.

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    Sanjeev K Ahuja writes on infrastructure, real-estate, government and civic issues. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, and headed HT’s Gurgaon bureau before moving to New Delhi.

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