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Major security lapse: Shinde

Admitting that the death of the prime accused in the Delhi gang rape case in Tihar jail was a ‘major security lapse’, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said preliminary inquiry suggested he committed suicide.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, he said the security in Tihar jail will be reviewed in the wake of the alleged suicide in Jail No 3 early on Monday morning. ‘There is a major security lapse. Preliminary inquiry suggests he committed suicide. However, we will wait for the enquiry to be completed,’ he said.

Asked about allegations that Singh was murdered, he said that is exactly why magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident. Queried whether the Home Ministry will take steps to increase electronic surveillance in Tihar, he said jail does not come under his ministry.

Shinde said: ‘I cannot come to the conclusion at this moment whether it is suicide or not before inquiry reports are out.

Everything will depend on enquiry.’ When asked whether he would initiate any action against the DG Prisons, ‘Let us wait for the report. It is a grave incidence. It is not a small incidence.’

Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit met Shinde in the wake of the alleged suicide and discussed the matter.
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