Inmate Dies In Kupwara Jail, 2nd Death In Six Months

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Srinagar- A 33-year-old accused from Sopore, who was lodged along with his brother, at district jail Kupwara died around midnight, officials said on Tuesday.

They said the accused Khurshid Ahmad Wani of Saidpora Sopore, who was lodged in the jail since October 5, 2021 in a case (FIR no 52/2021 under section 363 498 and 109 IPC of police station Kralgund, fell severely ill and was taken to sub District hospital Kupwara where doctors declared him brought dead.

Sources said that Khursheed was not keep well for quite some time and around midnight, his brother who is also lodged in the jail in connection with same case, raised an alarm following which health officials of the hospital reached and found him dead.

The jail authorities shifted him to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. This is the second death in the jail in the last six months as an accused from Brath Kalan Sopore had died there on June 14 last year.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Kupwara Jail, Shahbaz Hussain in a letter issued to the chairman District Legal Services Authority, Kupwara has stated that the undertrial prisoner was suffering from several ailments and was sent to the sub-district hospital (SDH) Kupwara, on several times for treatment.

On 11/01/2022 at 1110 hours said accused complained of chest pain and was immediately shifted to sub district hospital Kupwara for further evaluation and management. On arrival at sub district hospital Kupwara, doctor on duty declared him dead at 0130 hours,” reads the letter.

It further adds that the body was handed over to the legal heir for last rites after completion of legal-medico formalities.

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