Prisoner serving sentence in Rape and Pocso Act hanged in Bareilly jail

Lucknow: Surya Prakash Sharma, son of Abhishek Sharma (24), a prisoner serving a sentence under sections of rape and POCSO Act in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district jail, committed suicide in the district jail on Tuesday night. His body was found hanging in a fan inside the jail hospital. There was a noose around the neck. The family has accused the jail staff of murder.

Abhishek Sharma, son of salesman Surya Prakash Sharma, a resident of Mohalla Bhood in Premnagar, had been serving a sentence in the district jail for four-and-a-half years under sections of rape and POCSO Act. It was alleged that he had trapped the teenager of Izzatnagar, Basant Vihar, in his love trap and raped her. A case under various sections including POCSO Act, rape, kidnapping was registered against the accused Abhishek Sharma at Izzatnagar police station on behalf of the girl's family. In which Abhishek was sentenced four and a half years ago.  

Abhishek's father Surya Prakash says, "At 9:30 am on Wednesday, he got a call from the district jail that your son had committed suicide. The gamcha has been made and hung in the fan. On receiving the information, all the family members reached the district jail. There was a commotion in the family. Surya Prakash alleges, his son had told him, he was being tortured in jail.  

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