Taking suo motu cognisance of a convict's alleged suicide inside Parapana Agrahara Central Prison last month, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Karnataka IG (Prisons) seeking a detailed report in the incident within six weeks.
According to the rights panel, M Jaishankar (38), who was undergoing imprisonment for 10 years, had committed suicide inside the jail by slitting his throat with a shaving blade on February 27.
The commission also noted that the state authorities have not informed it within 24 hours of the death, as per its guidelines, and hence has also sought an explanation from IG (Prisons) over not adhering to the guidelines.
Jaishankar was accused in 15 cases of rape and murder, out of which he had been convicted in 3 cases. He was confined to an isolated cell, as he was a threat to other inmates, the rights panel said and observed that the contents of a news report regarding the incident, if true, amount to negligence on the part of jail officials, which is a matter of serious concern.
According to the NHRC, inquiries have reportedly revealed that the convict was being treated for depression.
He was arrested after a massive manhunt in 2009, after raping and murdering a police constable in Tamil Nadu. Jaishankar escaped from judicial custody in 2013 by scaling the boundary wall of the prison, but he was rearrested. Since then, he was being kept in a separate cell, the NHRC said.