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Accused falls ill in court, dies

An undertrial prisoner, who had been lodged in jail over the past 21 years, fell ill during his production in a city court on Monday morning and was declared dead when taken to hospital.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had in 1993 arrested Sukhdarshan Singh Khumri, 62, in connection with a chain of cheating cases, sources said.

“Singh had been in judicial custody since then. His last stay was at Presidency Correctional Home. He had seven cheating cases against him for which he was undergoing trial,” said an officer of Hare Street police station, where an unnatural death case has been registered.

Police sources said Khumri, originally from Barnala district of Punjab, was in room number four of the special court of the CBI at Bichar Bhavan on Monday morning when he apparently fell unwell. “He complained of chest pain and was rushed to SSKM Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” said a police officer.

“There were apparently no marks of external injury. The body has been sent for postmortem,” a police source said.

Fire death

The 28-year-old son of a clothes godown owner died on Monday evening while his father suffered 60 per cent burns when they tried to douse a fire at their establishment in Kankinara, North 24-Parganas. Surajit Das was burnt to death. Father Gauranga, 54, is battling for life at Bhatpara State General Hospital. Two firetrucks doused the flames by 9pm.