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Undertrial 'commits suicide' in Tihar jail

Raza Naqvi | Updated on: 15 July 2015, 13:33 IST

An undertrial, facing murder charges, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar jail on 13 July.

Who is the deceased?

  • The man has been identified as Ravinder (27), who had been lodged into the jail in connection with a murder case.
  • He was lodged in a ward of Jail No. 1 and was found hanging from a towel in his cell.
  • Ravinder had two cases registered against him in Govindpuri police station- one under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the other under section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the IPC.
  • The first time was imprisoned in Tihar was in the year 2004, but was acquitted in 2010. He was jailed once again and imprisoned in 2013, over a case of robbery and was granted bail later. He was sent to jail for the third time in 2014 over another murder case.

What are the jail authorities claiming?

  • The authorities claim that Ravinder was suffering from depression which eventually led him towards committing suicide.
  • One of the jail inmates had found Ravinder hanging from a towel after which he had raised an alarm, the jail staff had immediately rushed him to the DDU hospital where he was declared brought dead.
  • His body has been sent for post-mortem.
  • The authorities told that Ravinder had gone under depression after he had a fight with his wife when she had come to meet him.

Previous Suicide cases in Tihar

  • Ram Singh, prime accused of the Delhi gang-rape case had allegedly committed suicide and was found hanging inside his cell.
  • Ram Kumar, an accused of an abduction case had allegedly committed suicide in June, 2014.
  • Reshma, a woman who was accused in a kidnapping case had committed suicide by hanging herself using her 'dupatta' in March, 2014.

  • Sonu Punjaban, a sex racketeer had attempted to commit suicide but was saved in time.

  • In September, 2014, Srijudin an accused in his wife's murder case was found hanging on one of the windows inside the jail.

  • Since 2012, total number of suicide cases in Tihar jail has gone up to 23.

First published: 15 July 2015, 13:34 IST
Raza Naqvi @Mir_Naqvi

Raza is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. A passionate follower of crime stories, he is currently working as a Sub-Editor at the Speed News desk.