Out of his barrack, he was enjoying a whiff of fresh air.
Time out over, the jail warden directed him and other inmates to get into their barracks, but Emile Jerome Mathew, co-accused in the Neeraj Grover murder case, refused to obey.
When jail officials force him to, an argument broke out and a scuffle ensued.
“Mathew ran towards the gate, but the jail staff caught hold of him,” said an officer.
On Saturday, the police booked Mathew for assaulting and deterring four jail officers from doing their duty.
Mathew, a former Navy officer, is accused of murdering Synergy Adlabs’ creative director Neeraj Grover last year, with his girlfriend Kannada Maria Susairaj. He is lodged at Arthur Road jail.
“Following a complaint by the prison security officer, we have booked Mathew,” said Milind Bharambe, deputy commissioner of police, Zone V. “We will go to court on Monday to seek his police custody.”
Bharambe said Mathew had manhandled four officers. The police said between 3 and 6 pm, inmates are allowed out of their barracks on the prison premises.
“Around 6.15 pm, when the prison warden directed the inmates to get into their barracks, Mathew refused,” said Senior Inspector Vasant Tajne.
“We are recording statements of the jail officers,” said Tajne.
Mathew’s lawyer, Abdul Wahab Khan, claimed that Mathew was being framed by prison staff as he had complained to the Sessions Court against the prison authorities.
“On November 6, the prison superintendent threatened Mathew to shift his barrack for raising his voice,” said Khan.
The same day, when Mathew was produced before the Sessions Court, he complained to the court against the prison staff and that he did not want his barrack to be shifted as he feared that he would be manhandled.
“To teach Mathew a lesson, the prison officers framed him in a false case,” said Khan, adding that his client had now gone on a hunger to protest against the transfer and ill-treatment by prison authorities.