Capital Complex SP Tumme Amo said that the accused tried to set himself ablaze by using clothes and mattress issued to inmates

Itanagar: The main accused in the Dikrong rape-murder case, Issak Ali, tried to commit suicide inside the Naharlagun police station lock-up in Arunachal Pradesh around 6:20 am on Thursday.

Ali was one of the two persons who were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the rape and murder of a woman near the Dikrong bridge on July 5.

Capital Complex SP Tumme Amo said that Ali tried to set himself ablaze by using clothes and mattress issued to the inmates. “He was noticed by our alert guard commander and sentry, who pulled him out from the fire before it could cause any major burn injuries. He sustained simple burns on his head, right back shoulder and hand. The fire was immediately doused before it could spread. Later, he was admitted at TRIHMS and the office in charge has been directed to request the court to send him to jail,” he said.

“The accused said that he pulled out threads from the mattress to bind all the clothes and mattress together before starting a fire with a lighter,” Amo said.

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Amo said the SDPO Naharlagun has been asked to investigate how the accused got hold of a lighter. He found the lighter under the mattress and attempted to commit suicide fearing capital punishment for the crime he had committed, said Ali.

“It is possible that the lighter was left behind in the lock-up during the anti-PRC riot as many people were brought in during that time and the police had no proper time to check everyone,” Amo said, stating that Ali was properly checked before he was put in the lock-up.

“First of all, Ali thought that the Arunachal Police could never catch him and secondly he fears that he will face capital punishment,” Amo said.

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