Upset over cellmate's death, convict ends life

Published: 07th June 2016 03:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th June 2016 03:35 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Depressed over his cellmate’s death a murder convict, who was on parole, allegedly committed suicide in his house on Sunday evening.

Police said M Vijayakumar (35) lodged in Puzhal jail in 2004 in connection with a murder case was in his house in Thiruvotriyur on Thursday, on parole.

“He was supposed to return to Puzhal on Monday at 5 pm, but Vijayakumar apparently depressed over his cell mate’s death, allegedly committed suicide in his home on Sunday evening,” police added.

His mother M Mariammal told Express he was upset that his cellmate in Puzhal had allegedly committed suicide four months back in his cell. He often complained he could not sleep well and asked to arrange for parole.

“He even cried once telling me that he was haunted by the memories of his cellmate.  He had been on parole 20 times in the last 12 years but was very upset over the issue the last two times,” she added.

“When he reached home on Thursday he was very happy. He met me even on Sunday morning and in the evening he sent his wife to call for me. By the time I could reach home he had hung himself locking the door from inside,” she added.

A case has been registered and the body was sent to Stanley Medical Hospital.

His mother and brother live in the same locality while Vijayakumar lives with his wife after their marriage two years ago. “My brother accidentally murdered a person. He never intended or planned it. He had been to a TASMAC shop where he got into a fight with one Kandan. They physically abused each other. Kandan died on the spot. Vijayakumar was remanded in 2004,” said M Selvakumar.

He often complained he could not sleep well... He even cried once telling me that he was haunted by the memories of his cellmate  -M Mariammal,Convict’s mom

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