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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Mumbai convict dies after jailors insert lathi in her private parts: Crime branch takes over probe

Mumbai city news: The death of 38-year-old woman murder convict after being brutally assaulted by officials at Mumbai’s Byculla Jail last week has sparked an outrage.

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2017 09:05 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
Manjula Shetye
Manjula Shetye

The Mumbai crime branch has taken over the probe into the custodial death of Manjula Shetye in Byculla women’s prison.

Joint commissioner of police Sanjay Saxena (crime branch) said, “Shetye’s custodial death case has been transferred to crime branch and we will investigate it.”

Two cases were filed in Nagpada police station after Shetye, a murder convict was allegedly beaten to death by jail six jail officials. The first is a murder case against the officials and the second was registered against 291 inmates including Indrani Mukharjea for creating ruckus inside the jail. Crime branch unit 3 would probe the murder case only and Nagpada police would continue investigating the rioting case.

“The documents related to the case and evidence collected from the prison were handed over to the crime branch,” said a crime branch official. “We will record inmates’ statements and check the CCTV footage of the jail to verify eyewitnesses’ claims. We will also ask the forensic science laboratory to submit its report soon,” added the official.

The incident occurred on Friday after 38-year-old Shetye went to jail officer Manisha Polharkar’s room to complain that two eggs and five pieces of pav (bread) were missing from the morning rations for her barrack . An eyewitness said she came out of the room screaming and later a group of jail guards came in her barrack and assaulted her.

The complainant and eyewitness told the police that the jail guard stripped Shetye and allegedly inserted a lathi in her private parts. Bleeding Shetye was left in the barrack unattended for hours. It was only after Manjula fell unconscious in the bathroom that she was taken to the resident doctor at the jail who immediately asked for her to be transferred to JJ Hospital. Manjula died at the hospital.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 09:04 IST

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