4 cops suspended over Abu Salem shooting, lawyer wants him back in Portugal

Mumbai: A day after gangster Abu Salem was shot at in Taloja jail, four security personnel were today suspended pending a high-level probe even as his lawyers are
planning to move Portuguese authorities for his repatriation.

Jail authorities have suspended four security personnel including a jailor and three constables for dereliction of duty on the basis of a preliminary inquiry.

"We have suspended an officer and three cops," said Borwankar, adding those who faced action were on duty at the gate and in the prison's high-security zone.

Those suspended are jailor Sanjay Sable and constables Chandrakant Pathare, Nitin Sawant and Gitesh Randhive.

Borwankar admitted that security at the entrance of the jail had been breached.

"There was a security breach at the gate. He entered the security area with the revolver. Instead of going to his cell, he went to Abu Salem's cell and fired twice. The third time it got jammed," she said.

 4 cops suspended over Abu Salem shooting, lawyer wants him back in Portugal

Salem was extradited from Portugal. PTI

Meanwhile, Salem's lawyer Saba Qureshi has said they would approach Portuguese authorities seeking the extradited gangster's repatriation.

"One of the conditions of extradition was that Abu Salem would be protected. This condition stands violated as he has been attacked inside the jail. So, we plan to seek
intervention of authorities in Portugal to have Salem repatriated," she told PTI.

An attempt to murder case was registered against his assailant Devendra Jagtap alias JD.

State's Home Minister RR Patil said Additional Director General (Prisons) Meeran Borwankar will hold an inquiry into the incident and officials found responsible for
the lapse would face action, including dismissal from service.

"Responsibility for the incident will be fixed and stringent action, including dismissal from service, will be taken against those found guilty," Patil said.

Jagtap had allegedly fired two rounds with a country-made revolver at Salem, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts who was extradited from Portugal on November 11, 2005 after a prolonged legal battle.

Police are, however, so far clueless about the motive behind the attack.

"Two rounds were fired with a gun that was smuggled into the jail some days before the attack," A K Sharma, Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner, told reporters.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 28, 2013 18:05:05 IST