Following two alleged cases of suicide and one of accidental death — all within the last fortnight — the Director General of Tihar Prisons Alok Verma inspected the two suicide spots on Monday and later issued a circular for all jail superintendents, listing remedial procedures to prevent such incidents.
All jail superintendents have been ordered to regularly hold cultural programmes and counselling sessions for inmates inside the jail to ensure that inmates live in a better and positive environment. The authorities have also been asked to bring in more psychiatrists, under the ‘Gumsum Panja’ initiative, to counsel inmates. The initiative was launched earlier this year to curb the rise of suicides in prison.
On Sunday, the body of 38-year-old Sirajuddin was found hanging in the toilet of Ward Number 1 in Jail 7, 8.
Earlier this month, the body of Amolkar (40) was found hanging inside Jail Number 3. Amolkar’s body was found less than 12 hours after another inmate Vinod (26) died of a suspected epileptic fit.
In all cases, an inquest proceeding has already been ordered. The inquiry is being conducted by an officer of the rank of an SDM.
Preliminary findings in Amolkar’s death has revealed that he was earlier placed under suicide watch. Sources said he had been admitted to AIIMS in the past, after consuming a poisonous substance. After his discharge from AIIMS, though authorities were monitoring his movements, Amolkar’s body was found hanging inside the toilet.
Sirajuddin was found dead just a day before he was to present himself in connection with a dowry case at a court in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh.