The custodial death of a 20-year-old woman in a police station in Sirohi Monday led to suspension of several police officials and a probe was initiated by the state government. Mamata, who was arrested in a murder case on Sunday, had gone to the washroom attended by two policewomen but allegedly committed suicide by strangulating herself with her dupatta.
The circumstances of the death were found dubious by the state women commission that has ordered a probe in addition to an inquiry initiated by the Sirohi district collector.
Swaropganj SHO Ishwar Pareek and woman constable Tarawati were suspended and the rest of the staff in the police station were sent to police lines with immediate effect. Sirohi Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pachar said, “The deceased was to be produced before a court on Monday for police custody while her brothers, Mukesh and Suresh, who too were arrested in the same murder case, were already sent to police remand. In the initial inquiry in the murder case, it was found that Mamata, a divorcee, was in a relationship with Ashok whom she eliminated along with her two brothers.”
State Women Commission chairperson Lad Kumari Jain said it was a suspected case of honour killing and that the commission doubted the sequence of events. Jain said that a team will be sent to Sirohi for fact finding and an independent probe into the incident.