Katihar(Bihar), Apr 8 (PTI) Relatives of a prisoner today blocked the Katihar-Kodha road for three hours to protest the death of an undertrial in the district jail here, police said.

Katihar jail Superintendent Sujit Kumar Jha said Devendra Singh (30) was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly consuming liquor. The condition of Singh, a resident of Champi village, deteriorated this morning following which the jail doctor referred him to Sadar hospital where he died, Jha said.

Dr Santosh Prakash, a Sadar hospital doctor, said Devendra Singh was ‘brought dead’ to the hospital.

The deceased prisoner’s relatives, alleging that he died because of beating inside the jail, blocked the Katihar-Kodha road.

The blockade was lifted following the assurance given by District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police that stern action would be taken against erring persons on the basis of postmortem report.

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