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Byculla Jail riot: Five prison officials, arrested for inmate's death, remanded to police custody till 7 July

Mumbai: Five jail officials, arrested for their alleged roles in beating a woman inmate at Byculla prison to death, were remanded to police custody till 7 July by a Mumbai court on Sunday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The accused — Manisha Pokharkar, Wasima Shaikh, Shital Shegokar, Surekha Gulve and Aarti Shingne — were produced in the Esplanade metropolitan magistrate's court on Sunday after their arrest.

Another accused, Bindu Naikde, was earlier remanded in police custody till 7 July. All six have been suspended by the prison department.

The death of Manju Shetye, an inmate at Byculla women's prison in central Mumbai, had triggered protests by other prisoners.
The police, which have registered a muder case following the death of the woman jail inmate following the alleged assault by the six woman officials of the jail, had said they wanted to examine the role of each of the accused.

Shetye, 45 died at the government-run JJ Hospital on 23 June following alleged beatings by jail staffers after she failed to account for two eggs and five loaves of bread which she was supposed to distribute to other inmates.

Her death had triggered a protest by around 200 inmates of the jail the next day, with some of them climbing atop the prison's roof and others making a bonfire of newspapers to vent out their anger.

Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case, was allegedly among the protesting inmates. The police have registered a case of rioting as well against her and others.

Published Date: Jul 02, 2017 20:39 PM | Updated Date: Jul 02, 2017 20:39 PM