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Byculla jail violence: Six prison staffers arrested in connection with Manjula Shetye's alleged murder case

Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested six accused in the Manjula Shetye alleged murder case at Byculla jail.

In an earlier tweet, ANI mentioned that only a prison guard had been arrested:

The Indian Express reported that the Nagpada police had filed a FIR against staff members over the alleged murder. A FIR was filed against the inmates as well for rioting.

After Shetye's death, the situation in the jail premises went out of hand as other inmates started destroying property in protest, as reported by Hindustan Times. Shetye's family has alleged foul play and said that Manjula was healthy. Her death was not a natural death, according to Hindustan Times.

File image of Manjula Shetye. Puja Changoiwala

File image of Manjula Shetye. Puja Changoiwala

Shetye, a woman prisoner, died on 23 June after being beaten up for five hours in jail. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at JJ Hospital. A mystery has surrounded the inmate's death since several media reports suggest that she was dead 30 minutes before being admitted to the hospital, as mentioned in a previous Firstpost article.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) demanded a judicial inquiry into Shetye's alleged torture and death. The human rights body also sought a commission to review the state of India's prisons.

Sanjoy Hazarika, CHRI director, said that Shetye's death on 23 June is a stunning indictment of the "internal rot and impunity" that characterises India's penal system.

The inmate was serving the last few months of her 14-year jail term for murdering her sister-in-law in 1996. Shetye acquired a transfer from Pune's Yerawada Central Jail. She was then made a jail warden for her good conduct and made in-charge of one of the barracks in Byculla jail.


Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 22:23 PM

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