Indrani Mukherjea among 200 booked for rioting in Byculla Jail post convict's death; officials say she instigated prisoners

Mumbai: Nearly 200 inmates from Byculla Jail, including Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, have been booked for rioting and other offences following the death of a woman convict. A 45-year-old convict, Manju Govind Shette, died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman prison official.

Indrani Mukjerjea. PTI

Indrani Mukjerjea. PTI

Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and on Sunday police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them. Following Shette's death, over 200 women inmates of the jail were up in arms since Saturday morning.

In a report by NDTV, Indrani allegedly instigated the women prisoners, and asked them to "use their children as human shields against any possible police action." Some inmates on Saturday climbed atop the roof of the jail while newspapers were torched inside, a police official earlier said.

The inmates alleged that Shette was beaten up by a woman prison official. They wanted to present the issue before the media which is not permissible under prison rules, he said. Indrani, who is lodged in the Byculla prison, is among the 200 inmates against whom a case was registered on Sunday for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on public servant and other relevant sections under the Indian Penal Code, a police official said on Monday.

The jail houses around 251 women prisoners. Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and ex-driver Shyamvar Rai are accused of strangling 24-year-old Sheena – Indrani's daughter from a previous relationship - on April 24, 2012.

Sheena's burnt body was dumped in a bag at a forest in Raigad district near Mumbai.

Published Date: Jun 26, 2017 12:52 PM | Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 14:08 PM