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Tihar cook sold chilli to murder suspect?

On October 19, murder suspect Ravi Kapoor threw chilli into the eyes of a policeman at Safdarjung Hospital and ran. Luckily for the police, the escape bid was foiled, reports Karan Choudhury

delhi Updated: Oct 22, 2009 00:05 IST
Karan Choudhury

On October 19, murder suspect Ravi Kapoor threw chilli into the eyes of a policeman at Safdarjung Hospital and ran. Luckily for the police, the escape bid was foiled.

The chilli in the hands of a man charged with the murders of IT executive Jigeesha Ghosh and television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan has now led to a separate mystery.

How did Kapoor lay his hands on the chilli powder?

“He (Kapoor) claims he bought it from a cook inside Tihar Jail for Rs 400,” said a senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity, since he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“We are verifying his claim. He could have got the money to buy it from either his accomplices in jail or some person who might have gone to meet him.”

The Tihar Jail authorities however refute the claim.

Sunil Gupta, law officer, Tihar Jail, said, “It is not possible. A through check of every inmate is done before they are sent out of prison.”

There is another reason why Kapoor could not have procured the chilli powder from the jail kitchen according to Gupta.

“In jail all the ingredients and condiments are mixed before they are sent to the kitchen. We do not keep chilli powder in the kitchen. Also, all the ingredients are mixed in front of jail officials, so Kapoor could not have got it from jail.”

Kapoor, who was arrested on March 24 this year, was taken to Safdarjung Hospital for the treatment of a leg injury. The police reportedly hurt him during interrogation.

The police had later said he was being provided treatment at the orthopedics department of the hospital on the orders of the court.