Two more die in Tihar Jail

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Two more inmates of Tihar Central Jail have died , raising to six the number of fatalities here in the past six days.

The first casualty on Tuesday was 25-year-old Vinod, who according to the jail authorities was arrested for alleged breach of peace at Patel Nagar on Sunday. He complained of illness on Monday and was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital for a check-up. He was shifted to the jail hospital in the evening when his condition deteriorated. He was declared dead at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

The jail officials said Vinod was a chronic alcoholic. An inquiry into the death has been initiated under the area Sub-Divisional Magistrate and his relatives have been informed. The second victim on Tuesday was Santosh Kumar who died in DDU Hospital where he had been admitted on June 4 purportedly with symptoms of brain fever. On Monday, 27-year-old Ajay had died in hospital, while another young inmate, Harish, died over the weekend.

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