Delhi cops told them of man’s hanging 9 hours later, say kins

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The top-most bar of a window in a dingy toilet of Jahangirpuri police station in Delhi had a knot made from a piece of cloth — from which was hanging the body of 32-year-old Raj Kumar in the early hours of Wednesday.

Kumar, a farmer from Kasganj of Uttar Pradesh, was summoned to the Delhi police station on Tuesday evening to give statement on a missing woman. Early next morning, his body was found hanging from the window bar in the toilet, according to police.

Kumar’s family told IANS that although he died early on Wednesday, they were informed about his death only hours later, past 11 a.m.

“Police called us first around 10 a.m. (on Wednesday) and told that he’s in ICU of a hospital and asked us to come and meet him,” Kumar’s brother Hridesh Bharadwaj, 42, said. “But they didn’t say anything about his death.”

“Then the SI (Sub-Inspector) called us after 11.30 a.m. and said that my brother had committed suicide by hanging,” he added.

Family members said the police did not attend their phone calls when they called back.

After the first police phone call, Kumar’s family in Uttar Pradesh contacted his nephew Ankit, who stays in Delhi, to enquire about what happened to him.

“The SHO (Station House Officer) said he had no information about the death when I telephoned him around 9.30 a.m.,” Ankit, 24, told IANS outside Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital in Jahangirpuri where Kumar’s body had been taken.

Ankit said that Kumar had called him around 4.00 p.m on Tuesday and said he was going inside the police station and that he was a little scared.

“I was in a flight from Mumbai to Delhi and my phone was on flight mode after that,” he added.

The 24-year-old scrolled through his phone to show two missed call alerts from Kumar’s phone number at 7.44 p.m. and 8.38 p.m. on Tuesday.

“What happened in those few hours that he decided to commit suicide? He came by himself to give the statement… Why would he do it? I don’t believe this,” said Ankit.

“We don’t know what happened, but there was no problem with my brother that could have driven him commit suicide,” Hridesh Bharadwaj said.

–IANS

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