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Bengaluru: Prison inmate ends life, officials red-faced

Published Apr 7, 2018, 6:03 am IST
Updated Apr 7, 2018, 7:43 am IST
The deceased has been identified as Masthi Kumar alias Mahesh, a native of Shivamogga.
Parappana Agrahara Central Prison
 Parappana Agrahara Central Prison

BENGALURU: In yet another security lapse at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in the city, a 36-year-old man serving life-term has allegedly ended his life by hanging inside the jail on Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Masthi Kumar alias Mahesh, a native of Shivamogga. 

Kumar had killed his wife in 2015 and was convicted for the same by a local court in Shivamogga in January 2017.


Kumar was lodged at B1 barracks where he was staying with 24 other inmates for the past 10 months.

According to jail officials, Kumar as usual left his barrack along with other inmates to learn music. The music classes lasted till 7.30 pm, after which the inmates returned to their barracks.

Instead of leaving the room where music classes were held, Kumar hid himself inside. After the room was locked, he hung himself to a window rod using a towel.

The incident came to light when the prison authorities carried out a head count of the inmates at the B1 barrack and found Kumar missing. 


Upon checking the room where music classes were held, Kumar was found hanging, a jail official said.

Kumar was rushed to Victoria Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Previous suicide attempt

Kumar had on July 29 last year escaped from Victoria Hospital where he was admitted after he consumed phenyle in an attempt to end his life. Kumar had escaped while security officials were changing their duty.

A case was registered at the V.V. Puram police station in this regard. Later the police launched a manhunt and nabbed  Kumar at his lover's house in Chitradurga in November.


Second suicide this year

This is second suicide in the prison this year and it exposes the security lapses on part of the jail officials.

On February 27 this year, Jaishankar alias Psycho Shankar, a serial killer and rapist, had committed suicide by slitting his wrist with a razor.

Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru