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Mumbai inmate murder: Manjula Shetye was dragged towards barrack, CCTV footage shows

Mumbai city news: The officials were produced in the Esplanade court on Friday, where the police sought for the custody to be extended for further probe

mumbai Updated: Jul 08, 2017 09:50 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times
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Manjula Shetye(HT)

The police have obtained the CCTV footage from Byculla jail and said that they show the involvement of the jail officials booked in connection with the murder of Manjula Shetye , an inmate.

The officials were produced in the Esplanade court on Friday, where the police sought for the custody to be extended for further probe.

Public prosecutor Rajendra Suryavanshi said that the investigating team had the CCTV footage of the prison. “The footage clearly shows the involvement of the accused,” he said.

Crime branch sources revealed that the footage from the camera outside the barrack where Shetye was assaulted shows one of the accused dragging her towards it. The prosecution, however, contended that they still needed to investigate on the exact role of each of the accused. It said that recording the statements of the other inmates, who could become witnesses, was taking time. Suryavanshi said that the police needed to check with inmates on who saw the incident take place.

The police said that there were 291 inmates and inquiring them would require permissions from the courts where their cases for their offences were pending. The investigating officer said , “We have recorded four or five statements. For many of the others, we need to approach the court for permission to question them. The process is in the pipeline.”

The prosecution said that they were yet to recover the stick used to assault Shetye, which would be crucial to prove the case.

The defence lawyer, however, said that the police had been given enough time to interrogate the accused.

“The accused are not cooperating. We need to question them harder to establish the role played by them,” the prosecution said.

The court extended the police custody of all the six accused till July 14.

The incident occurred on June 23 around 11am when Shetye was allegedly assaulted. The incident came to light around 5.30pm when she was found unconscious in the bathroom. The police recorded a complaint on June 25.

Police arrested the six officials — jail officer Manisha Pokharkar, and constables Bindu Naikade, Waseema Shaikh, Shital Shegaonkar, Surekha Gulve and Aarti Shingne — under relevant sections of the IPC.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 09:49 IST