Crime branch probes ‘suicide’ in Samta Nagar police lock-up

A day after a 37-year-old housemaid accused of theft allegedly committed suicide in lock-up,a team of Mumbai Police Crime Branch unit 12 visited Samta Nagar police station Sunday and recorded statements of the investigating officer,a few constables and the duty officer at the time of the incident.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 8, 2013 3:37 am

A day after a 37-year-old housemaid accused of theft allegedly committed suicide in lock-up,a team of Mumbai Police Crime Branch unit 12 visited Samta Nagar police station Sunday and recorded statements of the investigating officer,a few constables and the duty officer at the time of the incident.

Radha Hiwle,who was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly stealing gold jewellery worth Rs 44,000 from her employer in Kandivali,allegedly consumed poison in lock-up. She started vomiting shortly after and was rushed to Bhagwati Hospital,where she died while under treatment.

“We have also recorded statements of the Hiwle family. Her daughter told us when she visited Radha in lock-up,her mother said the matter had been resolved and she would soon go back to work. Radha then told her to fetch some food and a bottle of disinfectant she had to take to work. She later consumed the disinfectant,” said a crime branch officer.

Post-mortem was conducted Sunday,but its result was withheld pending forensic tests on the viscera of Radha.

There were no signs of custodial torture,police claimed.

“After questioning all concerned,we will submit a report with forensic evidence to the police commissioner,” said the officer.

In March,Naushad Khan,who was picked up for questioning in connection with a chain-snatching,had died in the Chembur police station lock-up. While police claimed he committed suicide by banging his head against handcuffs,an eyewitness said Khan was tortured to death. The crime branch is still investigating.

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