At a government hospital, a repeat offender commits suicide.

K Kanthakumar, 38, consumed poison fearing capture, his wife says . Kanthakumar was arrested in eight motorcycle theft cases .

On Thursday, a 38-year-old man from Pollachi died after consuming poison at Pollachi Government Hospital.The deceased, K Kanthakumar of Mariamman Kovil Street in Pollachi, was arrested in eight motorcycle theft cases at Pollachi East, Mahalingapuram, Negamam, and Pollachi Taluk police stations.In March, Kanthakumar and his accomplice J Sarankumar, 27, of Pollachi, robbed a motorcycle from the Selvapuram police station boundaries.They sold the car to M Manikandan, 29, of Pollachi.

On Wednesday, police arrested Sarankumar and Manikandan, but could not locate Kanthakumar.His body was discovered on the Pollachi Government Hospital premises on Thursday morning, according to a police officer.Kanthakumar consumed poison fearing capture, according to his wife Abhirami, who told Pollachi police that her husband took the drastic step because he had severe asthma.Following a postmortem, the body was handed to the family.