Assam: Probe ordered into death of 2 jail inmates in Tinsukia
District Jail, Tinsukia

Tinsukia: Tinsukia deputy commissioner Narsing Pawar has ordered an inquiry into the death of two inmates of the district jail while undergoing treatment at Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh.

Hindu Badra and Sunil Manki Mura, who were life-term convicts in separate murder cases, died within a span of three days on June 7 and 9, respectively.

Pawar said, “I have ordered two separate magisterial inquiries to ascertain the cause of the death of both the jail inmates and called for the report in seven days’ time.”

Borgohain, the executive magistrate conducting the inquiry, said that as per the inquest report of Badra the cause of death is suspected to be pressure stroke. “I have asked to expedite post mortem report for both the deceased inmates. I shall be recording statement of jail inmates and and superintendent and examine all the available documents to prepare a detailed report.”

On June 11, Tinsukia jail counted 441 inmates out of which one developed fever and was sent to civil hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19. The district recorded 205 fresh cases of COVID-19 out of 7,286 tests conducted on Friday.

Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia district jail superintendent Meghanath Gogoi said, “Badra had a pressure stroke on June 7 after which he was shifted to AMCH where he died the same day. Mura developed fever and was vomiting on the same day. He was shifted to the civil hospital which referred him to AMCH. He died there on June 9.”

“The duo, convicted in separate murder cases, were serving life terms in prison. They had tested negative for COVID-19,” added Gogoi. Currently, the district jail has 45 isolation beds for COVID-19 patients.

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As per latest information, the health department has decided to conduct COVID-19 testing camp for all the inmates of the district jail.

According to sources, a judicial inquiry has also been ordered into the death of the two jail inmates. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

On Wednesday, 23 inmates of Dhubri district jail tested positive for COVID-19.

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