Probe reveals true cause of inmate’s death, Khit Thit media falsely accused Mandalay Prison


The subversive Khit Thit media falsely reported on 26 June that Mandalay Prison authorities had killed inmate ‘Htet Yan Naing’. A responsible officer from the prison clarified that measures are taken against drug smuggling within the prison, and the authorities regularly inspect the wings of the prison daily.
Upon investigation, it was found that the prisoner, Htet Yan Naing, became depressed after his brother died of a heart attack, which led to hallucinations and insomnia. On 20 June, he punched fellow inmate Aung Thura Lwin twice without any reason and was subsequently sent to the disciplinary office and was put in leg irons with a brace.
Later, Htet Yan Naing, in an abnormal mental state, shouted and struck prison guard Myat Min Thu in the prison clinic. When staff tried to control the situation, Htet Yan Naing ran to the male prison building No 5, hitting a lamp post, a concrete bench, and a waste tank in his disturbed state. Consequently, the prison doctor had to administer four stitches to the left corner of his head.
According to the prison doctor’s report, Htet Yan Naing exhibited signs of mental disorder due to his head injury and was sent to Mandalay General Hospital for further treatment. It was determined that he died from lung and heart disease on 21 June, not from the head injury. The deceased prisoner’s family was contacted and informed about the funeral arrangements.
Therefore, it is evident that Khit Thit media intentionally spread false news to mislead the public. — Wai Wai Phyo/TMT

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