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Inmate with mental health issues dies by suicide in Kashimpur jail

He was sentenced to death for murdering his wife and children

Update : 26 Jan 2023, 10:19 PM

A death row inmate committed suicide in the psychiatric ward of Gazipur's Kashimpur High Security Central Jail on Thursday.

The deceased is Nazrul Islam, 30, son of Sohrab Uddin of Pabda village of Pakundia upazila of Kishoreganj district.

Jail sources said that at around 9am, the prison guards saw him hanging from the ceiling fan attempting suicide. They immediately rescued Nazrul and took him to the hospital where the doctor pronounced him dead.

Senior Jail Superintendent of Kashimpur High Security Central Jail Subrata Kumar Bala said that Nazrul was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and child. He had been in Kashimpur High Security Central Jail since March 20, 2021. Nazrul was suffering from mental illness so he was in the psychiatric ward under the supervision of a doctor.

He also said that prison guard Rafiqul Islam has been suspended for negligence on duty. At the same time, a departmental case has been filed against Chief Jailer Hamid Ghazi, Assistant Chief Jailer Moin Uddin and Jailer Rafiful Islam. 

An investigation committee consisting of four members has been formed with Lutfar Rahman of the prison district as the head of the investigation committee. The inquiry committee has been asked to report within five working days, he added.

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