The Hush Post: With the death of another undertrial person at Ludhiana Central Jail on Wednesday, the number of such deaths in the city prison has risen to two. Earlier on Tuesday, the body of another undertrial was found from a bathroom in the jail.
The undertrial who died on Wednesday has been identified as a 65-year-old Ajmer Singh. He had been arrested by the Samrala Police in a case registered under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, a report said.
The jail officials said that Ajmer Singh, who had been lodged in the jail on May 24, was a diabetic person.
“On Wednesday around 2 pm, Ajmer Singh started feeling uneasy and was rushed to a hospital, but he died on the way. It seems his sugar level went low. In the past 20 days, Ajmer was admitted to hospital twice due to low sugar. However, the post-mortem report will confirm the cause of death,” Jail superintendent Shamsher Singh Boparai was quoted as saying.
Earlier on Tuesday, another undertrial Prakash Chand (18), who had been shifted to the central jail from juvenile home on June 1, was found dead. Dr Davinder Kumar of the Ludhiana Civil Hospital, who conducted his post-mortem examination, said the cause of death was either strangulation or hanging. The hospital has sent his viscera to Kharar and Patiala laboratories to check whether Chand had been given some kind of drug or intoxicant, the report said.
The doctor said that there were some marks of injury and bruises on the back, neck and head of deceased Prakash Chand.
“I am yet to receive a copy of Chand’s post-mortem report. However, I don’t think it was a murder or hanging. Chand was new here and in 12 days he could not have become an enemy of anyone. Moreover, there were no signs of hanging in the bathroom. The jail authorities will also investigate his death,” Jail superintendent Boparai was quoted as saying.