A 46-year-old handyman picked up by police and detained for questioning for over 12 hours in connection with a theft committed suicide in the early hours of Monday by setting himself ablaze outside the police station where he was being held.
Humayun, a tailor working in a leather bag shop, was detained for questioning after a woman lodged a complaint about her stolen gold ornament, police said.
The woman alleged that Humayun and his associate, Shoukat Ali, had gone to her house recently to fix a mosquito net and that she found her ear studs missing after the two left.
His wife Yasmin and the couple’s two daughters and a son were shocked when they learned that Humayun, who had left home for work on Sunday morning, had been taken to Kanathur police station on suspicion of theft at 2 pm.
Life came crashing down for the family, struggling to eke out a living, when they learned that Humayun had set himself on fire after police freed his friend Ali at 9pm but refused to let off Humayun.
According to a police officer, Kanathur sub-inspector Raja was conducting vehicle checks outside the police station when the incident took place.