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Arthur Road prison death was murder, claim police
NOT ACCIDENTAL In Dec 2011, 22-yr-old undertrial was killed by an inmate during a fight
12 diamond traders arrested in ‘INDU MILLS GIVEN ADEQUATE China for smuggling return home POLICE COVER’
VIOLENCE INSIDE ARTHUR JAIL: PAST INCIDENTS
July 24, 2010
Gangster Abu Salem was assaulted by Mustafa Dossa, a henchman of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, inside Arthur Road jail. A sharpened spoon was used for the assault, which took place after a verbal feud between the two. Salem's nose, cheeks and hands were slashed. Abu Salem aide Mehdi Hasan was attacked by members of the Pandav Putra gang. Two gang members, Pratap Pandey and Mangesh Shellar, attacked Hasan with a sharpened spoon. Hasan sustained injuries on his chin and left hand.
The 22-year-old male undertrial who died at Arthur road jail on December 9 was allegedly murdered by another inmate of the jail. An internal inquiry initiated by inspector general of prisonswest (IGP) Surinder Kumar revealed that Kashinath Virendra Jadhav, 32, serving a sentence for murder at the prison, had inflicted grievous injuries on the deceased, Akram Abdul Wahid Khan, during a fight. Khan, the police said, was serving a sentence in connection with a murder he had committed in 2009. “Jadhav and Khan were housed in a separate barrack at Arthur road jail with three other inmates. On the afternoon of December 8, Jadhav, a bully by nature, pestered Khan. When Khan defended himself, Jadhav began to beat him mercilessly on his chest, stomach and legs,” said senior inspector Sudhakar Ghagre of NM Joshi Marg police station. Khan complained of severe chest pain on December 9, police said. He was rushed to JJ Hospital around 4.30pm. He succumbed to his injuries by 11pm. “After preliminary investigations, the jail superintendent, AC Rane, termed Khan’s death accidental. He stated that Khan had collapsed in the bathroom, suffered several abrasions, and later succumbed to his injuries,” said Ghagre. IGP Kumar initiated an internal inquiry, the police said. After speaking to witnesses inside the prison, it came to light that Jadhav had brutally assaulted Khan, which led to his death. A complaint was filed against Jadhav at NM Joshi Marg police station on Wednesday evening, the police said. “The jail authorities have completed their investigation. We will be able to proceed with the case once we record the statements of witnesses,” said Ghagre.
SECURITY IN PRISONS BACK IN FOCUS
MUMBAI: The lack of security and
Sept 25, 2010
Arthur Road Jail.
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Police probe revealed how an accident became murder
MUMBAI: Till inspector general of
prisons-west (IGP) Surinder Kumar began to investigate the death of Arthur road undertrial Akram Abdul Wahid Khan, the case was being treated as an accidental death. Kumar stated that Khan’s postmortem report arrived from JJ Hospital on December 24, a fortnight after his death. It revealed that the death was not accidental in nature. “The post-mortem report revealed that Khan had suffered fractures to his ribs, a rupture of pancreas and multiple abrasions on his elbow, forehead, knees and ankles. After consulting doctors, it became clear that these injuries could not be a result of collapsing on the floor as had been recorded, and were the result of a deliberate intention to murder,” said Kumar. Kumar then launched an inquiry and began to interrogate the three prisoners who had shared the barrack with Khan and Jadhav. “Our initial suspicion was directed towards Khan’s barrack-mates, because we suspect-
The post-mortem report revealed that Khan had suffered fractures to his ribs, a rupture of pancreas and multiple abrasions.
SURINDER KUMAR, inspector general of prisons (west)
ed there was more to the story than what was being portrayed. Since Jadhav has a previous history of murder and is a known bully, we especially began investigating the case around him,” said Kumar. Khan’s inmates were initially unwilling to speak the truth, as Jadhav had threatened them. “Jadhav compelled the trio to say that Khan had slipped in the bathroom, which led to his death. Scared, they did what they were told to. Eventually, after a lot of pressure from us, they admitted that Jadhav had mercilessly beaten up Khan, which led to his death,” said Kumar. After it was ascertained that Jadhav was responsible for Khan’s death, jail authorities filed a complaint with the NM Joshi Marg police station on Wednesday.
risk to the lives of inmates in jails has come back into focus with the death of Mohammed Akram Abdul Wahid Khan, 22, an undertrial in Arthur road jail, who was killed by an inmate, Kashinath Virendra Jadhav in December 2011. Earlier, too, there have been incidents in the Arthur road jail, where inmates were attacked with sharpened spoons over arguments which turned violent. The jail authorities said that they are taking measures to deal with such situations. “We have transferred almost 30 inmates [of Arthur Road jail] to Taloja jail to ensure the safety of other inmates. We are recruiting around 40 more jail guards, so that there will be more eyes to keep track on the activities in the jail,” said Surinder Kumar, Inspector General (prisons). He added that the reason behind the scuffle between Khan and Jadhav had still not been ascertained. “Both, the deceased and the accused, are mentally unstable. Jadhav was serving a sentence in connection with a murder case, which was registered with the Tilak Nagar police station,” Kumar said. Denying that security in jails was lax, Medha Gadgil, principal secretary (home) said: “In this particular incident the men have not used any object to hurt each other. It started over an argument. One inmate punched and kicked another inmate, which led to his death. There is appropriate security and safety for inmates in the jails. However, we are taking measures to improvise it further.”
The state government on Thursday told the Bombay high court that police protection at India United Mill No. 6 has been bolstered to avoid a repeat of the December 6 incident, where Dalits forcibly entered the mill compound. On Thursday, additional government pleader GW Mattos informed the division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice Anoop Mohta that the state has issued directives to the city police commissioner, asking him to provide adequate police protection to the mill. The court recorded the statement and thereafter, disposed of the petition filed by the National Textiles Corporation (NTC), which owns 11.97 acres of land of the now defunct mill. In its petition, the NTC had asked the state to get the land vacated and provide police protection to the mill compound. HTC
MUMBAI: Twelve out of the 13 Indian
diamond traders who were recently released after being imprisoned in China for 23 months on charges of smuggling, reached Mumbai on Thursday. One trader was held back in China, as a local had lodged a complaint against him due to which he was not allowed to leave. Chinese authorities had asked
the traders to leave the country by Thursday. They arrived in Mumbai via Bangkok on a Jet Airways flight post midnight on Wednesday. The traders’ relatives excitedly waited at the airport to receive them. Kishore Shah, whose 32year-old nephew Parth was coming home said, “Our family is extremely happy.” The Shenzhen Customs had arrested 22 Indian traders on January 8, 2010 for smuggling dia-
monds worth $7.3 million (Rs34 crore) from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. Thirteen traders were freed after a Shenzhen court passed varied sentences against them on December 7, which ranged from fines and deportation to a prison term that ended on the day of the verdict. Nine traders continue to be behind bars, as they were sentenced between three and six years in prison.
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