Prisoner serving life term dies, family alleges murder

Cuttack: A prisoner lodged at Choudwar Circle Jail in Cuttack died on Saturday while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital.

According to sources, the prisoner, Subhendu Das alias Tani of Kesharpur area complained of chest pain yesterday following which he was rushed to the hospital. Later, he died while undergoing treatment.

Tani was serving life term imprisonment for the last six years after being convicted in the murder case of one Keshab Behera of Sheikh Bazaar.

Meanwhile, Tani’s mother has alleged that he was murdered in the jail. “My son was murdered by the jail authorities. I had gone to meet him yesterday. He was healthy and spoke to me,” alleged Tani’s mother, Kalpana Das.

“He also told me that someone was threatening to kill him. The jailer and superintendent are involved in the matter. Both of them were harassing my son,” she added.

Kalpana has also lodged an FIR at Mangalabag police station against the jail authorities.

“He had sent us a video before dying in which he said that he will be killed soon. Couple of hours after we got the video, we got the information that he is no more. We have lodged a complaint in this regard against the jail authorities,” said Tani’s lawyer.