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Under-trial prisoner found hanging in Puri jail

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Puri: An under-trial prisoner (UTP) in the Puri district headquarters jail committed “suicide” today inside the jail by hanging himself with his towel.

The deceased prisoner, Seikh Akbar Mehmood, who belonged to Khurda district, was found hanging in the toilet of the jail.

He was accused in a gang-rape case and had been brought to the jail a few months ago. However, his family alleged foul play behind his death and demanded a probe into it.

It is suspected that the incident took place when all other inmates were out from their rooms.

On being informed, Nimapara SDPO Sarat Mishra reached the spot and started investigation into the incident.