34-year-old gangster in Mumbai jail seeks nod for euthanasia
A thirty-four-year-old undertrial, arrested in 2016 in a double murder case, has asked a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) court permission to end his life.Updated: May 11, 2018 10:41 IST
Two months after the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict allowing passive euthanasia, a gangster in Mumbai, arrested in a double murder case in 2016, has asked a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA) court permission to end his life.
Thirty-four-year-old Sachin Pawar, arrested in 2016 for the murder of Nadeem Khatri and Babu Kurla over a gang rivalry, suffered a paralytic stroke that affected the right side of his body. From his cell in the Taloja jail, Pawar has written to the designated MCOCA court that he was depressed because of his poor health.
His lawyer, Sandeep D Sherkhane, said Pawar was initially lodged at the Arthur Road jail, and claimed he he did not get the required medical attention there.
“We finally requested the court to move him to another jail, primarily for proper medical attention. Pawar was then shifted to Taloja jail,” he said.
Earlier too, Pawar had asked for bail over the lack of proper treatment for his paralysis. His bail plea is still pending.
The court has asked special public prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade to file an affidavit in reply to Pawar’s application, and has now posted the application for hearing next week.
Pawar was arrested two days after murders took place on July 28. Three months after his arrest, he confessed to the crime. Pawar said he met three other people involved in the murder, while he was in the Arthur Road jail in connection with a robbery case in 2009. All of them shared the same barrack. Pawar was released in the robbery case in 2011, but stayed in touch with them.