A murder accused awaiting trial in Sri Ganganagar central jail has accused the cops of applying electric shock to his genitals, a charge police have denied.
Pankaj Jain, 35, was arrested on January 30 for allegedly murdering a 5-year-old boy and dumping his body in a canal.
He was sent to judicial custody on January 3 and referred to the hospital for treatment on January 5.
Police said the wounds on Jain’s genitals were a year-old, when he was allegedly attacked with acid by the kin of his now-estranged lover. Though doctors found the injury fresh, they said it did not appear to have been caused by electric shock.
No probe has been ordered into the complaint as yet.
Central jail official Ramesh Purohit said Jain told authorities about the alleged torture a day after he was brought to the prison. “The jail doctor saw cut marks on his genitals and referred him to the district hospital,” Purohit added.
Dr Raghav Tantiya, surgeon at district hospital, said the wounds on Jain’s genitals were a result of bleeding ulcers. “We did not spot entry and exit wounds generally associated with electric shock,” he added.
Jain is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Jawahar Nagar police station house officer Shakil Ahmad, who had arrested Jain, said, “A year back, Jain was living with a woman. Once, when he went to drop her home, her brothers threw acid on his genitals.”
However, the district hospital doctor said the wound was not that old.
Ahmad said Jain got in the habit of calling up police and naming the woman, who he fell out with, in various crimes.
“In the past, Jain had served time for rape, and was also involved in forgery and mobile phone thefts,” he added.
In the latest case, the minor had gone missing on January 15 and his body recovered from a canal on January 23.
Police said Jain threw the body in the canal and later called them using a stolen SIM card, saying his former lover was responsible for the killing. He was arrested a week later.