Convict in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case dies due to COVID-19; second inmate of Delhi's Mandoli prison to succumb to infection

Another convict Kanwar Singh, who died last month and had tested positive for coronavirus, was also lodged in Jail no. 14 of the prison complex

Press Trust of India July 05, 2020 17:34:08 IST
Convict in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case dies due to COVID-19; second inmate of Delhi's Mandoli prison to succumb to infection

New Delhi: A former MLA serving jail sentence in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case died due to COVID-19 at a hospital in New Delhi, the second inmate of Mandoli prison to have succumbed to the infection, officials said on Sunday.

Mahender Yadav (70) was a former MLA from Palam constituency. He was lodged in Jail no. 14 of Mandoli prison, where he was undergoing a sentence of 10 years, and had been hospitalised on 26 June, they said.

Yadav was lodged in jail since December 2018, according to officials.

Another convict Kanwar Singh, who died last month and had tested positive for coronavirus, was also lodged in Jail no. 14.

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Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said that Yadav complained of uneasiness and some heart related problems on 26 June. He was taken to DDU hospital, from where he was referred to LNJP hospital the same day and admitted there.

Later, on his family's request, he was allowed to be shifted under police guard to a private hospital in Dwarka on 30 June.

"We received information that Mahender Yadav expired in Akash hospital on 4 July evening," he added.

Kanwar Singh died on 15 June in his sleep. A COVID-19 test had turned out to be positive, officials said.

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