Inmate dies in Mumbai jail, sparks unrest, six officials suspendedmumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 09:54 IST
Manjura Govind Shetye .(HT)
A 45-year-old inmate died in Byculla jail on Friday. After her death, situation on the jail premises went out of hand as other inmates started destroying property in protest.
Some climbed on the roof of the jail.
Nagpada police have registered a case of accidental death and said they were investigating further. One jail official and five guards were suspended after the incident.
Officials said that a jailor had slapped Manjura Govind Shetye on Friday. She complained of chest pain in the evening and was taken to JJ hospital where she was declared dead.
Shetye and her mother was arrested after her sister-in-law’s death. The Bhandup police had arrested and charged them for murder under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The two were even convicted and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
Shetye’s brother Sharad said, “My sister and my mother were lodged in Yerwada jail. My mother died seven months ago. Manjura had been in Yerwada jail for the past 12 years and was shifted to Byculla prison a month-and-a-half ago.”
On Saturday, around 7am, her family in Kalyan was informed about her death.
The family alleged foul play and said that Manjura was healthy and this was not a natural death.
Sharad said, “The inmates of Byculla jail were not treated well. Last week, we visited her and she had even said that she had been happier at Yerwada. The officials here are harsh.”
Jail officials later confirmed that an inmate and a jail staff had suffered injuries after the inmates started rioting inside the jail and threw things at the officials.