VELLORE: Nalini Sriharan, one of the seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, attempted suicide inside the Vellore Special Prison for Women on Monday night, said her lawyer P Pugalenthi.
However, both police and prison department officials refuted Pugalenthi’s version stating that Nalini had only threatened to commit suicide. They said her health condition was good.
Nalini has been in prison for more than 28 years.
Officials said Nalini had been harassing a fellow woman inmate in the prison, treating her as her helper.
The fellow inmate complained to the prison officials, following which a warder conducted an inquiry with Nalini on Monday.
Nalini refused to cooperate with the inquiry. She threatened to commit suicide if the officials continued to question her.
“The warden and other prison officials immediately stepped out of her cell, ensuring that she did not attempt suicide,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
But Pugalenthi said, “There was a verbal duel between Nalini and a fellow life convict on Monday. Around 8.30pm, warder went to Nalini’s cell and conducted an inquiry , expressing her support to the other woman inmate . Upset over it, Nalini attempted to strangle herself with a piece of cloth.”
“The prison officials present there immediately intervened and rescued her. We are making steps urging the prison department to transfer Nalini from Vellore to Puzhal prison as an insecurity situation prevails there for her,” he said .
He said they had decided to lodge a complaint with the prison DIG against the warder and others.