An undertrial, facing murder charges, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside Tihar jail on Monday. Tihar authorities suspect that the inmate, Ravinder (27), could have been suffering from depression.
Ravinder, who was lodged in Jail No. 1’s ward 8, was found hanging from a towel around noon on Monday, said police.
According to Tihar jail authorities, while all other inmates were outdoors and involved in various activities, Ravinder had expressed his wish to go back to the ward and take a nap.
“When one of the inmates came inside, he found Ravinder hanging and raised an alarm. Jail staff immediately rushed him to the DDU hospital, where he was declared brought dead. His body was then sent for a post-mortem. An inquiry has been initiated into his death,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Tihar) Mukesh Prasad said.
Ravinder had two cases registered against him in Govindpuri police station, one under Section 302 (murder) and the other under Section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the Indian Penal Code. He had been imprisoned in Tihar jail for the first time in 2004, over a murder case, but was acquitted in 2010.
He was again jailed in 2013 over a case of robbery, though he was granted bail later. He was sent to Tihar Jail for a third time in 2014, over another murder case, said the police.
“Ravinder had become very religious during his stay in prison. He used to perform puja twice a day and was very calm and thoughtful. A few days ago, his wife came to meet him and the two had a fight. He became very quiet after that incident and didn’t interact much with his fellow inmates. We suspect that he may have been suffering from depression,” said a police official.