Man accused of domestic violence commits suicide in police lock-up
Dimapur, June 20: A middle-aged man, who was accused of domestic violence by his wife and was taken into police custody, committed suicide in the lock-up of Women Cell Dimapur Wednesday morning.
Additional SP & Pro, Watichuchang told media persons that the man, identified as Shyam Alley (45) was first picked up by the GRPS personnel from the railway tracks near Railway Bazaar on June 18 evening in an inebriated state, following information from the public.
Since he was drunk, he was kept in the lock-up for the night.
Next morning on June 19, the wife of Shyam accompanied by Secretary of Y Zhimo colony under Lhumithi village lodged an FIR against her husband alleging that he had been torturing her physically and mentally for the past 3 years. On receipt of the complaint, Shyam Alley was later shifted to Sub-Urban police station as the area fell under its jurisdiction. However, the Sub-urban police station transferred the case to Women Cell at around 10.15 p.m. as it was a case of domestic violence.
At women cell Dimapur the duty officer conducted preliminary examination and recorded the statement of the accused.
Additional SP said that since the complainant was on the way to Women Cell to record her statement, the duty officer after making necessary entries in the General Diary, kept the accused in the lock-up at around 10.30 a.m.
On arrival of the complainant, Bobita Alley at Women Cell at around 10.45 a.m., the duty officer sent the sentry to bring the accused from the lock-up for cross examination. However, the sentry discovered that the accused was hanging from the ventilator of the lock-up with a cloth tied around the neck. The sentry then informed the duty officer.
On reaching the lock-up, it was found that the accused had committed suicide by hanging himself. As the body was still warm, with the intention to save the victim, the women cell personnel cut the cloth and brought down the body, but the victim was already dead.
The matter was reported to the superior officers who reached the women cell to ascertain the details of the incident and observe necessary formalities.
The Executive Magistrate was also informed of the incident and requisition was made to the Forensic Science Laboratory to send a team of Forensic experts.
Additional SP said that an inquest of the dead body was conducted by the Executive Magistrate in the presence of independent witnesses and the process was videographed by the Forensic team.
After conducting the magisterial inquest, the dead body was forwarded to District Hospital for Post Mortem examination, where the post mortem was conducted by a team of 3 doctors, which was also videographed. The report is still awaited, police said.
A case of unnatural death was registered at East PS and investigation is on. (Page News Service)