A 41-year-old remand prisoner admitted to Government Royapettah Hospital here died of cardiac arrest in the wee hours of Friday.
Police said Billa Bhai alias Raja was admitted to hospital after he complained of chest pain at Puzhal prison where he was lodged after being arrested in connection with a theft case. Raja developed respiratory problems, which led to cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him failed.
Raja’s family besieged Adambakkam Police Station and charged that he suffered cardiac arrest after police beat him in illegal custody.
Aravind, son of Raja, said that his father was only a painter and police took him away from their Mannadi Amman Temple street residence to complete a job for which he had taken an advance before he fell ill on July 1.Aravind claimed that his father was never involved in any theft and a case was foisted against him.
Police officials assured the protesters of action against any personnel who were guilty of excesses.
CISF man ends life
A 34-year-old constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) ended his life in his residential quarters in New Washermenpet in the wee hours of Friday as he was depressed over suffering from chronic stomach pain.
R Udhayakumar, a native of Palavakkam, hanged himself in the house’s hall using a bedspread while his wife and daughter were asleep, police said.
According to relatives, the constable had been suffering from stomach pain for the past two years. “He had been complaining of aggravated pain for the past two days. He was admitted twice in the hospital in this regard,” said Kesavan, Udhayakumar’s father-in-law.