Monday, June 26, 2017

Prison riot: FIR against Indrani Mukherjee, others

Around 200 women inmates, including Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukherjee, have been booked for rioting and criminal conspiracy inside Byculla jail.

The Nagpada police also filed an FIR against six Byculla women prison staffers, including a jailor, for the murder of a 31-year-old convictManjula Shetye, inside the jail on Friday. The Bhandup resident was serving life term in Yerwada jail since 2005 for the murder of her sister-in-law, and was shifted to Byculla prison recently.

A case of murder was registered at Nagpada police station after the jail officials received the post mortem report on Saturday. The report signed by three doctors—P A Patil, N P Kamble and S V Khandare from JJ Hospital—stated 'evidence of multiple contusions' as the cause of death. Samples of her viscera will be sent for forensic analysis.

The six officials—jailor Manisha Pokharkar and guards Bindu Naikode, Waseema Shaikh, Sheetal Shegaokar, Surekha Gudve and Aarti Shingane—were suspended on Saturday for dereliction of duty after the news of Shetye's death spread. On Saturday morning, around 200 women inmates, including Indrani Mukherjee, climbed up the two-storey jail's terrace and staged a protest over the death, with some of them setting papers, books and clothes on fire. Nagpada police, who rushed to the prison and brought them down, have registered a case of rioting and criminal conspiracy against the protesters.

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