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RIDE TO HELL: Who will return his 38 years?

The man, jailed in 60s, is unaware of his crime.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 18:44 IST
Alka Rastogi
Alka Rastogi

He has been behind bars from the last 38 years. His crime: He himself doesn't know! No trial, no judgment has yet taken place by any court nor has he been declared guilty of any crime. So, what exactly is 68-year-old Jagjivan Ram Yadav doing in jail?

The man was arrested way back in 1967 when he was 30-years-old. Now, he has grown old but is still unable to understand what his crime is.

Interestingly, Yadav's bail plea has been rejected by a trial court because all his records are missing from the police files.

When Additional sessions Judge, Faizabad, Lal Chandra Tripathi recently sought records from the Khandaga police station, where the case was allegedly registered, the police reverted stating its inability to provide details of the case. Some civil liberty groups have decided to move the Supreme Court to free Jagjivan from prison.

Jagjivan desn't know why he has been kept in jail when police has nothing to prove against him. However, sources reveal that way back in the 60's, Jagjeevan was arrested for allegedly killing his neighbour's wife.

Even the Additional sessions Judge remarked when Jagjeevan was brought to the court: Persons booked for heinous crimes are out on bail and are roaming freely.

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