Murder accused dies in police custody

Second custodial death within a month

Shillong, May 27: The accused who allegedly hacked to death Amison Muruh at Umtasor Mawdkhar, in Ri Bhoi died in custody, on Saturday night.

In a statement issued on Monday, Jagpal Sing Dhanoa, Superintendent of Police Ri-Bhoi District, said that the accused person  Phurly Suting (52) (in picture), son of (L) H. Phawa, a resident of  Umtasor, Birksuid, Ri Bhoi was brought dead to MIMHANS here after he was taken out from Civil Hospital, Nongpoh.


The incident of murder of the 35 -year-old victim was on May 24.

Suting was arrested in connection with Nongpoh PS case No. 50(5)2024 U/S 451/302 IPC on 24.05.2024 and was granted police custody for three days by the court in  Nongpoh.

“However, during police custody, the accused person on 25.05.2024 became very aggressive and started showing signs of mental disorder/breakdown after which he was again sent for medical examination at Civil Hospital Nongpoh on 25.05.2024 afternoon, from where he was referred to MIMHANS, Shillong. Unfortunately he was declared brought dead on arrival at MIMHANS Shillong”, the SP said.

The death took place on the intervening night of May 25-26.

The body of the accused was later shifted to Civil Hospital morgue room Shillong. Inquest was conducted under videography by the magistrate from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hill district in the presence of the medical officer of civil hospital Shillong and post mortem was also conducted. All the guidelines prescribed by the National Human Right Commission were followed, the police said.

“In this connection, a case has been registered vide Umiam PS UD Case No. 14/2024 on  26.05.2024 and is being investigated into”, the SP said.

This is the second case of custodial death in Ri Bhoi. Earlier on April 26, Rudra Rabha, an accused in a case was found dead in police lock up in Khanapara police station in Ri Bhoi.

Police had claimed that Rabha committed suicide leading to Meghalaya Human Rights Commission seeking a report on the matter.

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