Assaulted by villagers, under-trial dies in Seraikela Jail

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Aggrieved kin accuse jail officials of denying treatment to deceased

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Seraikela, June 22: An under-trial prisoner, identified as Tabrez Ansari, died in Seraikela Jail on Saturday, sources said.

Accused of theft, Ansari was arrested by villagers in Dhatkidih under Seraikela PS in the wee hours of 18th June last. His two associates however managed to flee the scene.

Irked over the incident, the relatives of the deceased alleged that police failure to provide adequate treatment to the injured youth led to his death.

Sources said Ansari was sent to Seraikela Jail from Seraikela Sadar Hospital where he was taken for treatment of injuries inflicted on him by the villagers. A mob of villagers had caught Ansari and his two associates on charges of theft had assaulted them with fists, kicks and heavy objects. According to Shaista Parveen, wife of the deceased, “My husband had sustained injuries in head. But police did not provide him proper treatment which led to his death.”

Sources said Ansari had fallen unconscious in the jail this morning. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced brought dead.

Seraikela-Kharsawan district administration officials faced protest by the relatives of the deceased who accused them of slackness.

Maksud Ansari, Ansari’s uncle, alleged that his nephew was brutally murdered by villagers. He said police had shown unusual haste in sending the accused to jail. He said his nephew had died in the jail, but the jail officials sent him to hospital to save their nose. He demanded stringent action against the jail and district police officials for dereliction of duty.

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