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Arrested Youth Dies By Suicide Inside Jorhat Sadar Police Station

Meanwhile, the deceased family members alleged that it was a murder by the police and demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter.

Arrested Youth Dies By Suicide Inside Jorhat Sadar Police Station

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Oct 2021 8:37 AM GMT

GUWAHATI: A youth who was arrested for allegedly, stealing a mobile phone from a Muslim religious preacher, reportedly, hanged himself while in police custody last night.

The Jorhat Sadr police, on Tuesday, arrested the youth who was identified as Sabir Ansari from Dhakai Patty of the town after a complaint filed by the preacher. During the night he committed suicide in the police station lock-up toilet.

The police took his body to the Jorhat Medical College & Hospital (JMCH). Meanwhile, Sabir's family members alleged that it was a murder by the police and demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter.

"He stole the religious preacher's mobile phone. For which he was nabbed and beaten up by some local people and handed him over to the police on Tuesday morning. The preacher filed a complaint against him. He was murdered by the police," alleged Sabir's sister.

In the last three years, Assam has recorded 88 custodial deaths, both police and judicial. This is the highest figure among all the northeastern States.

According to data of the Ministry of Home Affairs based on cases registered by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Assam recorded 5 police custodial deaths and 30 judicial custodial deaths in 2018-19; 2 police custodial deaths and 32 judicial custodial deaths in 2019-20; and 1 police custodial death and 18 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21. The number of custodial deaths is highest in Assam compared to the other States of the Northeast.

Arunachal Pradesh recorded 13 custodial deaths in the last three years. These include 2 police custodial deaths and 6 judicial custodial deaths in 2018-19, only 2 judicial custodial deaths in 2019-20 and 1 police custodial death and 2 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21. Manipur recorded 7 custodial deaths. These include 3 police custodial deaths in 2018-19; 2 police custodial deaths and 1 judicial custodial death in 2019-20; and only 1 judicial death in 2020-21.

Meghalaya recorded 15 custodial deaths in these three years. These include 3 judicial custodial deaths in 2018-19; 1 police custodial death and 4 judicial custodial deaths in 2019-20; and 2 police custodial deaths and 5 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21. Mizoram recorded 9 custodial deaths. These include 1 police custodial death and 4 judicial custodial deaths in 2018-19, only 1 police custodial death in 2019-20 and 3 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21.

Nagaland recorded 7 custodial deaths. These include 5 judicial custodial deaths in 2019-20 and 2 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21. Tripura recorded 13 custodial deaths. These include 5 judicial custodial deaths in 2018-19; 1 police custodial death and 6 judicial custodial deaths in 2019-20; and only 1 judicial custodial death in 2020-21.

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