Youth found hanging in police station

A 21-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside a newly built police station in the Dindoli area of Surat Friday morning. The youth, identified as Jayesh Chauhan of Katri village in Godhra taluka, was detained on Wednesday in connection with a girl's alleged abduction.

Police said Chauhan was not arrested but was "kept" at the police station for questioning regarding the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl. The two had an affair and the girl allegedly went missing on Tuesday, they added.

According to police, Chauhan had come to Surat a year ago to stay with his uncle Kirit Chawda, who is a head constable at Rander police station. He reportedly fell in love with a girl staying near his uncle's house at Dindoli.

When the girl's father Virji Manchar, who is also a head constable in the Surat Traffic Police, learnt about their reported affair a couple of months ago, he allegedly asked Chawda to send Chauhan back to his village. The two reportedly continued talking over the phone even after Chauhan returned to his village, police said. Manchar was apparently unhappy with his daughter due to this and had allegedly seized her cellphone recently.

On February 19, Manchar lodged a complaint with the Dindoli police station against Chauhan, alleging he had abducted his daughter. On Wednesday, Chawda asked Chauhan to appear before the police. When Chauhan came, he was detained and questioned about the whereabouts of the girl. This morning, he was found hanging outside the lockup, police said, adding that the body was sent to SMIMER Hospital for postmortem.

In the meantime, the girl returned home this afternoon and later told police that she had gone to her aunt's place at Fatehpura village in Godhra.

Inspector A H Rajput said, "We had kept Jayesh with us. He was not arrested. We told him to sit near the police station officer's chair. The girl told us that she had voluntarily left her house. We suspect Manchar might have sent her to Godhra and told police that she was kidnapped."

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