Two reserve warders on duty at the main entrance of the Dasna jail complex were suspended on Sunday after they were caught on camera allegedly pocketing a ‘tip’ from supporters of former Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Kashyap who had come to receive him when he was released on bail on Saturday evening.
The video came to light on Sunday morning and was also seen by Dasna jail officials who then decided to take action against the two reserve warders. Jail superintendent SP Yadav said the two were identified as Banwari Lal and Khaleel Ahmed.
“Both have been taken off duty and their suspension recommended to senior jail officials at Meerut as their appointing authority is the senior jail superintendent at Meerut. The two are not a part of the Uttar Pradesh police. Thereafter, a departmental action will also be initiated. Both were seen accepting money from supporters of Narendra Kashyap who was released on bail from jail on Saturday,” Yadav said.
The video shows Kashyap walking out of jail and heading towards a vehicle outside. Midway, a man accompanying him to the vehicle distributes the ‘tip’ to the jail staff and proceeds towards the vehicle. Thereafter, he is seen making Kashyap board the vehicle. Meanwhile, the jail staffers are seen keeping the money in their uniforms’ pockets.
Kashyap was granted bail by the Allahabad high court in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law Himanshi who was found with a bullet injury to her head at her in-laws’ house at Sanjay Nagar on April 6. A day later, Kashyap, his wife and son were arrested and sent to Dasna jail. Kashyap walked out on July 16 after completing legal formalities.
A call to Kashyap’s phone was answered by a relative who said the issue would be communicated to him. However, there was no response from him thereafter.