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Man’s death in police station shrouded in mystery

Staff Correspondent

Narsingh was picked up in a house break-in case

BIDAR: The death of 35-year-old Jagannath Narsingh, who was picked up by the police in connection with a house break-in here on Wednesday, is shrouded in mystery.

Narsingh, a resident of Chowli village in Bidar taluk, was reportedly in an inebriated state and attempted suicide in the bathroom of the New Town Police Station. Narsingh died while he was being taken to hospital.

A preliminary inquiry by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bhalki sub-division, R.S. Naik, into the issue is on.

Sources in the Police Department told The Hindu on Thursday that “lapses” on the part of the police officials led to the incident. They said that a sentry should have been posted to keep an eye on the person in custody, but that was not done. The police said that Narsingh had used a piece of cloth dumped in the bathroom to try and strangle himself.

The victim’s mother, Narasamma, said that the police had detained her son on Wednesday and had promised to release him in the evening. “I kept waiting outside the police station hoping for his. But I was not informed about Narsingh’s suicide attempt or about him being shifted to the district hospital,” she told presspersons.

Various associations, including the DSS, alleged that Narsingh sustained injuries owing to the “rough” treatment by the police, which led to his death.

On Thursday, the post-mortem was conducted at the district hospital. An inquest was conducted by Principal Civil Judge (senior division), Bidar, Vanamala.

Speaking to The Hindu, Superintendent of Police N. Sathish Kumar said that the “lapses” on the part of the police officials were being looked into.

Sub-inspector of New Town Police Station Hanmareddy had been placed under suspension and a probe by the CID had been ordered, he added.

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