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Arthur Road prison death was murder, claim police

In Dec 2011, 22-yr-old undertrial was killed by an inmate during a fight.

mumbai Updated: Jan 06, 2012 02:03 IST
HT Correspondent

The 22-year-old male undertrial who died at Arthur road jail on December 9 was allegedly murdered by another inmate of the jail.

An internal inquiry initiated by inspector general of prisons-west (IGP) Surinder Kumar revealed that Kashinath Virendra Jadhav, 32, serving a sentence for murder at the prison, had inflicted grievous injuries on the deceased, Akram Abdul Wahid Khan, during a fight.

Khan, the police said, was serving a sentence in connection with a murder he had committed in 2009.

“Jadhav and Khan were housed in a separate barrack at Arthur road jail with three other inmates. On the afternoon of December 8, Jadhav, a bully by nature, pestered Khan. When Khan defended himself, Jadhav began to beat him mercilessly on his chest, stomach and legs,” said senior inspector Sudhakar Ghagre of NM Joshi Marg police station.

Khan complained of severe chest pain on December 9, police said. He was rushed to JJ Hospital around 4.30pm. He succumbed to his injuries by 11pm. “After preliminary investigations, the jail superintendent, AC Rane, termed Khan’s death accidental. He stated that Khan had collapsed in the bathroom, suffered several abrasions, and later succumbed to his injuries,” said Ghagre.

IGP Kumar initiated an internal inquiry, the police said. After speaking to witnesses inside the prison, it came to light that Jadhav had brutally assaulted Khan, which led to his death.

A complaint was filed against Jadhav at NM Joshi Marg police station on Wednesday evening, the police said.

“The jail authorities have completed their investigation. We will be able to proceed with the case once we record the statements of witnesses,” said Ghagre.

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