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Tihar Jail inmate found dead

New Delhi, Aug 10, 2013, DHNS: 2:26 IST
A 30-year-old inmate of the Tihar Jail was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his prison cell on Saturday. Jail authorities informed the court and police, but the reason behind the death is not yet known.

Sunil Gupta, Tihar Jail spokesperson and law officer, said Nadeem’s body was found by guards on Saturday morning. He was lodged in jail number two for the past five years, serving life sentence in a murder case filed with the Seemapuri police station in north east Delhi.

“Nadeem was unresponsive in his cell and was declared brought dead at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital,” Gupta said. His family has been informed and the body preserved for post-mortem.

“Initial investigation reveals that Nadeem purportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. However, we are waiting for the post-mortem report to establish the exact cause of his death,” Gupta added.

The jail authorities have questioned fellow inmates. A judicial investigation has also been ordered into the death under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The inquiry report would also include the post-mortem report by forensic specialists.

Sources said several injury marks were found on Nadeem’s body. He was bleeding when found by jail guards. Family members allege that he was killed by fellow inmates.
Nadeem’s brother Rizwan claimed that their parents met him on Thursday, a day before Eid-ul-fitr. Nadeem allegedly told his parents that the inmates had formed groups and he was scared. Incidentally, eight prisoners were injured in a clash between two groups in July.

The incident has once again raised serious questions over safety and security of inmates lodged at south Asia’s largest prison.

In May, a robbery convict was killed in a violent clash between two rival groups. Earlier, in March, December 16 gang-rape accused Ram Singh was found hanging in his prison cell. Three days after the incident, a 29-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide in a similar fashion.

The Tihar Jail houses over 12,000 prisoners, almost double of its sanctioned capacity of 6,250 inmates. There were 18 deaths in the jail in 2012, out of which 16 were natural, while two were reportedly suicides.

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