West Bengal: Undertrial dies in correctional home

Navin Mahato (32), hailing from Dhanbad in Jharkhand, had been arrested under the Narcotics Act at Salanpur under Asansol sub-division, and had been remanded to judicial custody.

By: Express News Service | Burdwan | Published:September 4, 2016 3:56 am

An undertrial prisoner at Burdwan correctional home died on Saturday under mysterious circumstances while being rushed to the hospital after he allegedly complained of chest pain.

Navin Mahato (32), hailing from Dhanbad in Jharkhand, had been arrested under the Narcotics Act at Salanpur under Asansol sub-division, and had been remanded to judicial custody here since March 30, 2015, Jail Superintendent Subhendu Krishna Ghosh said.

He said the undertrial had played cards with other prisoners early on Saturday, after which he complained of chest pain. “He was taken to the jail doctor, who immediately advised that he be rushed to the Burdwan Medical College, but he died on the way there,” said an official.

Attending doctors declared him dead on arrival, and noticed a swelling under the left eye. His post-mortem will be videographed, and the report sent to the West Bengal Human Rights Association, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Burdwan, Burdwan Sadar Police Station authority and Jail Superintendent, Ghosh said.