Itanagar: Rape and Murder accused sets self on fire in police lockup

“The accused said that he pulled out thread from the mattress to bind all the clothes and mattress together before starting a fire with a lighter,” added SP.


Itanagar

An accused arrested in connection with Dikrong suspected rape and murder case, tried to commit suicide by setting himself on fire, at Naharlagun Police Station .

The incident took place at around  6:20 am on Thursday morning inside the lockup of Naharlagun police station.  As per Tumme Ame, SP, Capital ,  accused  identified as  Issak Ali was arrested in connection with Dikrong  Rape and murder case.

The accused tried to commit suicide by burning himself using clothes and mattress issued to PC inmates, informed SP .

He was noticed by our alert Guard Commander and sentry and pulled him out from the fire before causing any burn injuries to his body except simple burn on his head, right back shoulder and hand. Later, he was admitted at TRIHMS.

“The accused said that he pulled out thread from the mattress to bind all the clothes and mattress together before starting a fire with a lighter,” added SP.

Amo informed that the matter is under inquiry by SDPO, Nahalagun to find out how the accused got a lighter inside the lockup .

According to the accused, he found the lighter under the mattress and attempted to commit suicide fearing that he will face capital punishment against the crime he committed.

“It is possible that the lighter was left behind under the PC during Anti-PRC riot issue as so many were brought in during that time and the police had no proper time to check everyone,” informed Amo stating that Ali was properly checked before keeping him in a lockup.

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