A 22-year-old man, accused of abducting and raping a minor girl, allegedly hanged himself to death inside his prison cell.

The incident happened Thursday, Aug.19, at the Rajapeth police station in Amaravati, Maharashtra, India.

The deceased, identified as Sagar Thackeray, a resident of Ashti in Wardha district, used his shirt to hang himself from the ceiling of his prison cell, police said. No suicide note was recovered from the scene.

According to the police, on August 4, a woman filed a complaint with the Fazerpura police accusing Thackeray of abducting her minor daughter and raping her.

The police registered a case against Thackeray under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and several other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Police officers visited Thackeray’s house in the Wardha district to arrest him but failed to locate him.

On Aug. 17, Thackeray along with the minor girl surrendered themselves at the Fazepura police station. 

Thackeray was arrested while the girl was handed over to her family.

He was produced at the court and the police sought his custody till Aug.20, for questioning in connection to the abduction and rape of a minor. 

The man’s death has created a furor in the city. The police have not given an official answer to how Thackeray managed to hang himself in a highly guarded police station.

A source told local media that Thackeray was held in the Rajapeth police station as the Fazepura police station did not have a guarded lockup.

Thackeray’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office. The exact cause of death is unclear at this time as the autopsy results were being awaited. 
 
The death is being investigated, Senior police officials of the Amaravati police said. The officials at the police station in question will undergo an internal investigation, the official added.

In a similar incident, a 19-year-old student hanged himself to death at his home after his alleged girlfriend’s father warned him to stay away from her. The incident happened Sunday, Aug.15, in the Kalyanpuri region of Hyderabad, India.

The teen, identified as Y Samuel had befriended a girl whom he met on Instagram. The duo exchanged their phone numbers and had frequent conversations over the phone, police said.
 
The girl’s father was furious when he learned about his daughter’s new relationship. He contacted the boy and reportedly admonished him to end the relationship.

Upset by his response, Samuel decided to end his life, police said.

Prison A man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife to death in 2020 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. This is a representational image. Pixabay.