Less than a month after being arrested at Mumbai airport along with an accomplice for the robbery of a 5.4-carat diamond from the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) in Mumbai, Chinese national Jiang Changquing died of a cardiac arrest in Thane Central Jail last week, according to Indian media reports.
Thane is an industrial city that is close enough to Mumbai to almost be considered a suburb. Many people who work in Mumbai commute from Thane.
A senior jail official was quoted as saying that Jiang was in a queue for dinner when he started experiencing severe chest pains and suddenly collapsed. According to the official, he was admitted to the jail hospital and later shifted to Thane Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead.
Jiang and his accomplice Deng Xiaobo, were nabbed by police at the Mumbai airport just minutes before boarding a flight to Delhi, Hong Kong and Osaka. The Indian gem and jewellery industry had recently felicitated the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Area Commandant, and Deputy Commandant for the arrest.
Jail authorities said Jiang and Deng were kept in separate cells and as they only spoke Mandarin, they mainly communicated with others through sign language.
An accidental death report was filed at the Thane Nagar police station and the Chinese consulate was informed. Jiang’s body was kept in a morgue as authorities delayed holding a post mortem at the Chinese consulate’s request that proceedings be stayed until Jiang’s family was able to come.
A videotaped post mortem was conducted after his wife Hung Zinsha and brother arrived. Hung told authorities that Jiang had left in February claiming he would be touring India. She had been unaware of his arrest.
Jiang’s body was released into his wife’s and brother’s custody.