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Rape accused dies mysteriously in Police Custody in Jammu, Probe ordered (WATCH)

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A rape accused was found dead under mysterious circumstances in police custody here, on Wednesday.

As per sources, one Subash Chander, 50, alias Kaka, resident of Janipur, Jammu, who was arrested by police on February 2 in connection with a rape case, lodged by the family of a minor girl, died in the lock-up.

Sources said that he allegedly committed suicide but police claimed that he died of cardiac arrest.

The body has been shifted to hospital for post-mortem to ascertain cause of death.

According to the official, the accused complained of uneasiness around 3 am in the lockup at Janipur police station and was subsequently taken to Government Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

A medical board of doctors has been constituted for conduct of his postmortem and his body was handed over to his family for last rites, the official said.

Earlier, the relatives of the deceased took to streets in Janipur and blocked the road by burning tyres as they demanded an inquiry into his death.

District Magistrate (Jammu) Kumar Rajeev Ranjan has ordered a magisterial probe into the death of the accused and asked the inquiry officer to submit his report within four weeks.

“It is a matter of concern that the death has occurred during the police custody and it becomes mandatory for this office to ascertain the cause of death of the accused person,” Ranjan said in his order.


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