A 39-year-old tribal woman from Meghalaya, who was handed over to police by a private hospital Sunday evening after she started “behaving abnormally”, reportedly hanged herself in the toilet of Dispur police station, located within Assam state secretariat complex.
Guwahati Police Commissioner Mukesh Agarwal told The Indian Express, “The woman was handed over to Dispur police by authorities of International Hospital who said she was behaving abnormally. After we brought her to the police station around 9.30 pm Sunday, she went to the toilet. She was later found dead, hanging from a long scarf.”
While preliminary inquiry said the woman was from Shillong, how she reached Guwahati remained a mystery. She had apparently mentioned different names and was unable to produce an identity card.
However in a press release, Assam Police identified her as Victoria Dayoun Kharkongor, daughter of one Stephen Pyngrope of 16(a) Nongrimbah West, Shillong, on the basis of a PAN card and a voter’s ID card.
While a case of unnatural death has been registered, Joint Police Commissioner Nawab M A S F Haque has been asked to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within 48 hours. Agarwal said that all procedures as laid down by the NHRC have been followed in documenting the case. Meanwhile, rights activist Akhil Gogoi alleged that the woman had died of torture in the police station.