Manipal, Aug 07, 2015: A 20-year-old man was found dead in the toilet of a lock-up cell at a police station here on Wednesday night. The police said that the man strangled himself to death by using a bed-sheet given to him.
The man, Gaya Prasad (20), a resident of Banda district in Uttar Pradesh, was working in scrap newspaper dealer’s shop here. He and his wife, Roshani (18), stayed in a rented house in Parkala near Manipal. Roshani committed suicide at their house on Friday last. As the suicide had taken place within seven years of marriage, the matter was investigated by Udupi tahsildar T.J. Guruprasad.
Roshani’s brother, Shivamangal, who came from Uttar Pradesh to depose before the tahsildar on Wednesday, said that Roshani committed suicide because she was being harassed allegedly by Prasad, who used to come home drunk, and beat her daily.
On the basis of Shivamangal’s complaint, a case was registered at the Manipal Police Station under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, K. Aboobakar, in whose shop Prasad worked, brought him (Prasad) to the police station. The police took Prasad into custody at around 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday and put him in the lock-up cell.
At around 10.30 p.m., as it was raining and cold, Prasad sought a bed-sheet, which was given to him. He used that bed-sheet to end his life. He tied the bed-sheet to the ventilator window of the toilet in the lock-up cell between 11.30 p.m. and midnight and strangled himself to death.
As the toilet was located in a corner of the lock-up cell, it was not easily visible. A constable, who later saw him, immediately untied the bed-sheet. “It appeared that he was breathing at the time and he was rushed to the Kasturba Hospital at around 12.05 a.m. on Thursday, where all attempts to resuscitate him failed,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar. The post-mortem was conducted at Kasturba Hospital here.
Sunitha, Judicial Magistrate, is conducting inquest. Meanwhile, Amrit Paul, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), who visited the mortuary here, said that the bed-sheet was given to Prasad on humanitarian grounds.
Courtesy: The hindu