The initial investigation into the murder of a jail inmate in Indore has revealed that the accused Jitendra Thakur alias Jitu was in touch with Mahendra Baba and Kaptan Mangu, suspected henchmen of Jitendra Awasthi, over cell phone.
Anil Tyagi, who was shot dead inside the high-security central jail premises on Thursday morning, was accused of bumping off Awasthi’s father Shiv Prasad Awasthi alias Nan Guru, a history-sheeter, on June 22. Police believe that Awasthi planned Tyagi’s murder in jail to avenge his father’s killing.
Police sources said the call records of Jitu’s phone showed he was in contact with Baba and Mangu, who believed to have supplied the weapon used in the commission of the crime.
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According to police theory, a knife, a pistol and five bullets, all wrapped in polythene, were thrown inside the jail from Rajkumar Bridge on August 25.
A senior police officer told HT that when Jitu was quizzed just after the murder, he told police that on August 23, he was informed by Baba over phone that a pistol had been thrown near the wall, right in front of barrack number 1. Jitu was lodged in barrack number 1, but when he searched for the gun, he could not find it.
Hence, another consignment was thrown in on August 25 in front of barrack number 5 which Jitu Thakur managed to collect. After he received the arms, he called Baba and informed him that he had found the gun, the officer said.
When police searched the area after recording Thakur’s statement, they found a pistol, five live cartridges and a knife, all wrapped in polythene, still lying there.
ADG (jail) Surendra Singh had suspended five prison officials in the wake of the shocking incident. Meanwhile, the new jail superintendent Manoj Jaiswal took charge of Indore central jail on Friday. Police will ask for Jitu’s remand on Saturday and further investigation will continue.