Jamshedpur : A 40-year-old man, Surendra Soy, a prisoner in the Ghaghidih Central Jail died in the jail premises.
Soy was convicted in a witch-haunting case registered with the Chaibasa in West Singhbhum district in 1999. He was lodged in the central jail from the past three years.
Satyandra Kumar Chowdhury, jailer of Ghaghidih Central Jail said Soy was a convict and was serving his jail term by working at the central jail.
“While he was taking his lunch, he felt unwell and collapsed. He was rushed him to the jail hospital and subsequently to the MGM Medical College and Hospital emergency where he was declared as brought dead,” said Chowdhury.
The jailer said that the convict had previous record of illness and he was suspected to have died of cardiac arrest.
Chowdhury, when asked, said that Soy would not do any hard work and his work was to facilitate the visitors for meeting their kin lodged in the jail.
Turam Soy, the younger brother of the deceased convict said that Surendra and his elder brother Susharan had killed their aunt branding her to be a witch in their village under Tonto police station area in Chaibasa sub-division in the year 1999.
He said both the brothers were arrested and were convicted in the witch-hunting case by Chaibasa Sessions court in the year 2001.
Notably, this was the second of death of Ghaghidih Central Jail’s prisoner to have taken place within a month.
On December 30, a 60-year-old prisoner, Ramai Besra, who was lodged in the central jail was admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital’s prisoner’s ward where he died the next day. He was suffering from TB.