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Man jailed for dowry death hangs himself

Man jailed for dowry death hangs himself

BANGALORE: The death of a 32-year-old businessman on Thursday in the toilet of a jail ward in Parappana Agrahara has taken a new turn: in his suicide note, he has accused his brother-in-law of playing havoc with his life.

Shashidhar, from Kadaganahalli in Chikkajala, was arrested after his wife Chaitra, 26, allegedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze on December 26 last year. He was remanded to judicial custody on January 1. Instead of lodging him in the sub-jail at Devanahalli, he was shifted to Parappana Agrahara central jail, and kept in room number 1, barrack 3. He was to be produced before court on July 4.

Around 3am Thursday, the jail warden and others heard a commotion, and on checking the ward, found Shashidhar missing. They broke into the toilet and found him hanging. He had used his tracksuit. He was given first aid at the jail hospital and shifted to Victoria Hospital, where he was declared dead.


In the suicide note found in the pocket of his tracksuit, Shashidhar blamed his brother-in-law Devaraj for creating differences between the couple, and also his wife’s death. “My wife, Chaitra, used to listen to Devaraj and on his instance, she had given Rs 4 lakh which was kept in the house to her parents. When I repeatedly asked my wife to get the money, she started telling lies after lies. At last, she could not tolerate it and set herself ablaze. Soon after the money changed hands, Devaraj stopped coming to my house,” the death note stated.

Chikkajala police, who had booked a case of dowry harassment and dowry death against Shashidhar and arrested him, said they are in a fix following fresh allegation by Shashidhar. “Now we have to look into this new angle and see whether an innocent was arrested. Whether there was someone else who abetted the suicide of Chaitra. However, the case was booked by Chaitra’s parents and we had to move against him. The tragedy now is that their sons, aged six and four, are orphaned,” a police officer said.


In his note, Shashidhar also sought the jail authorities to donate his eyes after death. He pleaded that they take some money which his in-laws had with them for his last rites and to look after his two children. “My son Varun should be sent to my parental home. And the money with my in-laws should be utilized for the welfare of both my children,” the note said.