Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
Jail inmate dies, kin allege police negligence, protest
ALLEGATION Block traffic for over four hours in Kapurthala; claim jail officials did not provide timely medical help to victim
KAPURTHALA: Family members and relatives of a 30-year-old undertrial who died in the Kapurthala Modern Jail after his health deteriorated suddenly on Tuesday morning, blocked the road outside the local civil hospital for more than four hours in protest against the police and the jail authorities.
The deceased has been identified as Manjit Singh (30), a resident of Sundar Nagar in the district. He was arrested by the city police for drug peddling under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on July 7.
The deceased’s family members claimed not only did the police arrest him on false charges under the NDPS Act, but the jail authorities also failed in providing him timely medical help, leading to his death.
The family members and the relatives of the deceased raised slogans against the police, hurled bricks at cops and burnt tyres outside the civil hospital.
Veeravali, wife of the deceased, claimed that the police had put intoxicant powder in his pocket and arrested him from his house. “The Kapurthala city police station house officer (SHO) demanded lakhs of rupees as bribe for the release of my husband,” she alleged.
T he deceased’s mother, Baksho, said her son recently called her from the jail and he was quite fine at that time. “My son died due to the negligence of the jail authorities as they failed to provide him proper treatment on time,” she alleged.
Getting information about the protest, a police team led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Mahinder Singh reached the spot to control the situation. The DSP assured the protesters that the police will investigate the case and the family will get justice.
Meanwhile, a team of doctors comprising Dr Satpal Singh, Dr Narinder Singh and Dr Mohanpreet Singh conducted the post-mortem on the body in the presence of judicial magistrate Indu Bala.
THE DECEASED, MANJIT SINGH (30), A RESIDENT OF SUNDAR NAGAR IN THE DISTRICT, WAS ARRESTED UNDER THE NDPS ACT ON JULY 7