An inmate who was lodged in the under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was found hanging inside the barrack Wednesday. The prisoner, Balwant Singh (67), who was sentenced to 33 years of punishment was lodged in the jail for the last two years.
Confirming the suicide, Jail Superintendent Balkar Singh said, “He was sentenced in four cases related to NDPS for 33 years. Different time slots had been allotted to hear the cases. His sons are in a Rajasthan jail while his two grandsons are lodged here itself. As per information gathered from other inmates, he was upset these days because the court’s verdict on his son’s case was slated to come out anytime. Today, around 4 pm, Balwant went up the stairs and hanged himself from the grill. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead.”
“He was a resident of Faridkot’s Kotkapura city. His family members have been informed and the post-mortem will be conducted Thursday in the presence of a judicial magistrate,” Singh informed.
This is not the first case where an inmate has committed suicide in Faridkot Jail. Since the jail’s new building became operational in September 2013, over 60 prisoners have taken the extreme step. Having a capacity of 2,000 prisoners, the jail is often overcrowded.