Prisoner kills self in Agra jail

December 13th, 2008 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Dec 13 (IANS) A prisoner serving life sentence in the overcrowded Agra Central Jail has committed suicide by hanging himself, the authorities said Saturday.Hasrat, a resident of Bulandshahr district, was being treated for mental illness. He was shifted from Bulandshahr to the Agra prison in April.

The 52-year-old used his clothes to hang himself from a ventilator Friday evening, an official said.

The Agra jail has more than double the number of prisoners it can hold. Amnesty International recently organised a protest demanding better facilities for the inmates.

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