A 48-year-old Chinese man, who was lodged at the Thane Central jail, after being arrested for stealing diamonds worth lakhs of rupees, died of a heart attack on Monday. After his family arrived in the city yesterday, his body was handed over to them following a post-mortem.
The city police had caught deceased Jaing Changqing along with another Chinese national, Deng Xiaobo, last month. They were sent to Thane Central jail on August 2.
Speaking to mid-day, NB Vayachal, superintendent of police, Thane Central jail, said, "On August 29, Jaing suffered a heart attack and he was immediately shifted to the prison hospital. Later, he was admitted to the Thane Civil hospital, where he was declared dead."
A senior official from the jail said, "He was standing in a queue for his dinner when he suffered the attack and collapsed. The Thane Nagar police station was immediately informed about it. They conducted a panchnama. Later, an accidental death report was registered in the matter."
When contacted, M V Dharmadhikari, senior police inspector, Thane Nagar police station, said, "When we informed the Chinese embassy about Jaing's death, they asked us to conduct the post-mortem later, as his family was coming to India to claim his body."
A police officer said, "The deceased's wife, Hung Zinsha, 35, was not aware of the theft until the embassy informed her."
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