//Prisoner commits suicide in Karnataka cell

Prisoner commits suicide in Karnataka cell

DHARWAD: A prisoner committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell in the sub-jail here in the early hours of Thursday. The police said. 37-year-old Chinna alias Muttu, son of Ramunenapai Bhosale, took the extreme step in the wee hours by strangulating himself with the `lungi’ and tied it to the prison bar.

When the prisoners in the adjoining cell raised alarm, the jail authorities rushed to the cell and shifted him to the district civil hospital here. However, the doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead.

Since the death has occurred in custody, assistant commissioner Mahantesh Bilgi will conduct inquest and magisterial inquiry. AC Mahantesh Bilgi told `The Times of India’ that he had visited the cell and would conduct the inquest on Friday as the relatives of the deceased did not reach Dharwad till Thursday evening.

Chinna, a native of Adivelli near Kukanur in Koppal district, had been serving life imprisonment after being convicted in dacoity and several other cases. He had been in jail since last eight years and was expecting to be released on compassionate grounds on Independence Day. Jail authorities suspect that he took the extreme step after being disappointed at not being released on August 15. However, the AC said the exact reason could be ascertained only after a detailed inquiry. The body of the deceased has been kept in the mortuary at the district civil hospital.

TNN 20 August 2009