<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has directed the Tihar jail authorities to take appropriate action on a plea that alleged violence against some suspected ISIS operatives and other inmates in the high security cell of the prison.District and Sessions Judge Poonam A Bamba issued directions while disposing the plea filed by three persons, namely Suhail Ahmed, Mohd Obaidullah Khan and Imran, who have allegedly recruited and financed people to join the terror outfit ISIS.The application filed by advocate M S Khan on behalf of the accused claimed that on the night of November 21, the jail staff beat up the inmates of the high-risk ward without any provocation.The lawyer said that 26 inmates were injured but were not being provided medical treatment.”The violence in jail against the inmates by the jail staff is on the rise and every day the inmates are complaining of the same,” the plea had said.The application also contended that”whenever such incidents happen, the jail authorities come up with a plea that CCTVs were not working and this has become their habit” and sought direction to the jail superintendent to file a response in this regard along with the CCTV footage.In the recent past, several instances of inhumane treatment and violence have been reported from Tihar jail.On November 20, the Delhi High Court had taken cognisance of the media reports where a foreign court had struck down India’s extradition request stating that there would human right violation at Tihar due to the conditions.In another matter, 27-year-old Shamiun Rahman, a British national of Bangladeshi origin arrested for allegedly recruiting Rohingya youth for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, had moved a Delhi court alleging sexual harassment inside the jail.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The defence advocate appearing for the jail officers who are accused in the death case of jail warden Manjula Shetye, on Tuesday initiated with the arguments on the bail applications of Bindu Naikode, Waseema Shaikh and Surekha Gurdev. The defence held that the accused were arrested in the case just due to the public outcry and the jail ruckus which took place after the death of Shetye. The Defence claimed that even the post mortem reports were allegedly fabricated and this was done just to pacify the situation. It also claimed that the CD of the CCTV footages which the prosecution had submitted was purposely muted so as the defence remains clueless. The allegation was denied by the prosecution. The argument on the bail application will be continued on Wednesday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old Mahim resident who was found guilty in a mobile theft case, registered by the Bandra Railway police station, was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment by the Session’s court. The court, in its orders, refused to release the accused on probation claiming that the only place to improve himself is the jail and that the accused could take this as a lesson. The court also held that as such incidents are in trend, and such cases need to be dealt with an iron hand rather than granting release on probation.The court held, “The act of the accused regarding dealing a blow on the hand of the passenger who was travelling on a local train is certainly a serious one. It was dangerous to the safety of the passenger. He has committed this act with a knowledge and intention to obtain wrongful gains, irrespective of the safety of the passenger. Considering this, the accused is to be dealt with an iron hand instead of extending the benefit of probation. There is a possibility of obtaining vocational training in the jail if he desires. In my view punishment is the only way to allow him to improve himself.”A crime had been registered with the Bandra Railway police against Alex Joseph by Santa Cruz resident Divakar Jha. According to Jha, on June 12, 2017, he had boarded a local train from Mahim station. When the train reached Bandra, the accused, who was on a train heading towards Churchgate dealt a blow on Jha’s hand and his mobile phone fell down. Meanwhile, on the same day, the railway police caught the accused while he was trying to commit theft and recovered the phone from him.The court orderThe court, in its order, refused to release the accused on probation claiming that the only place to improve himself is the jail and that the accused could take this as a lesson.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While defending his jail transfer application on Tuesday, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ramesh Kadam informed the court that the authorities at the Arthur Road prison was no longer ready to lodge him because he has acted as a whistleblower and complained about their irregularities. Kadam described a number of instances where the rules were allegedly flouted by the jail officials. The prosecution, however, has claimed that Kadam was merely trying to create pressure on the jail authority.“I have reported a number of instances where the law was misused by the jail officials. Initially, when I was lodged in the Arthur Road prison, I used to share my barrack with Sameer Bhujbal, Chhagan Bhujbal and Peter Mukerjea. It was then that I saw that a jail staff allegedly brought Vodka filled in a Bisleri bottle for Sammer. In another case, one Ramesh Shimpi, a 26-year-old pavement dweller, who was arrested in connection with a drugs case, was allegedly beaten up so brutally by the jail officers that he succumbed. However, the jail authorities informed that he died of head injury,” Kadam said.Kadam further informed the court that he is an eyewitness in Manjula Shetye’s case, where she was allegedly assaulted by the jail authorities leading to her death. “On the day Shetty was assaulted, jailor Manisha Pokharkar and her team cleaned the evidence and burnt it near the kitchen. Also, the day following the assault, the garbage vehicle that comes to pick up the garbage, was called two hours before the usual timings. Thiswas done with an intention of clearing evidence. I have recorded my statement with police,” said Kadam.Kadam further informed the court that there is a rate card which is allegedly shown to the accused who wants to have a good time in jail. “It starts with tea twice a day for which an accused has to pay Rs 30,000 a month and Rs 50,000 for homecooked food even. Further, there is an option of the jail who can provide bail, wherein on payment of Rs 50 lakhs to Rs 1 crore. The medical officer will prepare a report for the accused on the basis of which a bail can be opted from the court,” alleged Kadam.The court, however, held that the orders on the jail transfer would be passed only after viewing the necessary evidence. Meanwhile, an order was passed by the court to allow Kadam to withdraw his monthly salary from the accounts which were termed as cold and blocked by the bank authorities on the instructions of the investigating agency.Kadam was arrested for his alleged role in irregularities in the Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation in July 2015. Kadam has been accused of allegedly misappropriating crores of rupees of the Mahamandal in the process of loan disbursement.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sabarmati jail authorities have banned the sale and possession of coconuts inside the jail claiming that it is for the safety of high-profile prisoners.Responding to a high court direction, jail authorities defended its decision to ban dry coconuts inside the jail. In its affidavit, the jail stated that out of 3,000 convicts in the jail, 57 are accused in the 2008 serial blasts. Some of these accused are also affiliated to terror outfits. Records suggest that many of them had dug out tunnels in attempts to escape. Some criminal gang members are also in this jail, which makes it all the more important to take a stand on the safety and security of the prisoners.A dry coconut has a very hard surface and can be used to harm other prisoners. Its shell can be used to make sharp weapons. The jail has claimed that by banning coconuts, no prisoners’ fundamental right is being violated. The jail manual is followed strictly while imposing any ban or restriction. Citing these reasons, jail authorities have pleaded that the present petition cannot be maintained and must be rejected.Gautumkumar Ramanuj, a convict serving life term in Sabarmati Jail for the last 14 years, had challenged the jail authority’s decision taken two months ago with the contention that there are three layers of security checks before goods are handed over to the prisoner. Yet, in the name of security, coconuts have been banned.It is the petitioner’s apprehension that the decision is biased and jail authority can’t have double standards. The court has reserved its order after hearing both sides.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maverick self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been lodged in Sunaria jail’s ‘approval cell’ in Rohtak after being convicted in a 2002 rape case, officials said today.According to prison officials, the lone approval cell of the jail has a capacity of 12 prisoners, but the Dera head has been kept in “solitary confinement”.The Dera sect head, who is now prisoner number 1997, spent his first night by roaming inside the cell till midnight, they said.On his arrival from Panchkula yesterday, Gurmeet complained of uneasiness, but a medical examination by doctors found him fit.”Till midnight he spent his time roaming in the cell,” jail officials said.A bowl of dal, two chapatis and mixed pickle were served to him in dinner, they said.Meanwhile, Haryana DGP (Jails) K P Singh today said no special treatment was being extended to the Dera head.Four officials are on duty near the Dera head’s barrack to monitor his activities, he said.”No special treatment is being given to him. He is being treated like any other ordinary prisoner. An ordinary prisoner sleeps on the floor and he too is doing the same,” the DGP said.The official though admitted that keeping a high profile prisoner secure inside the jail was a challenge, but added that all adequate measures were being taken to avoid trouble.”We have made all arrangements inside the prison to keep the Dera chief secure. He has no contact with other inmates,” he said.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of rape by a court in Punchkula yesterday, triggering widespread violence and arson in Haryana and adjoining ares. A total of 36 people have been killed and over 250 injured.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir police unearthed a major conspiracy when they recovered 20 cell phones from the high security Baramulla Sub Jail after launching a massive crackdown against the detainees on Tuesday night.The police said that a joint search was conducted by Baramulla Police and Jail authorities in Sub Jail Baramulla based on the information that some incriminating material including unauthorised cell phones are being used inside the jail premises.”While conducting the search 20 cell phones and some incriminating material was recovered from the possession of jail inmates. An FIR has been registered and investigation is on to find out how these articles, which are not authorised as per jail manual, made an entry into jail premises,” said a police spokesman.The police are not ruling out the involvement of the jail staff in smuggling the cell phones and other articles into the prison premises. “Police is investigating the role of the jail staff if any (in smuggling the cellphones inside the facility). Cell phones and other articles were recovered in various search operations by police in the same jail,” he said.Jammu and Kashmir police blew the lid off a major conspiracy when they recovered 14 cellphones from the under-trial prisoners in the high-security Baramulla Sub Jail in April this year. Two of them were seized from the Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam, who is the architect of 2010 unrest in Kashmir.The police is likely to question some of the detainees, and is currently investigating whether the under-trials were using Internet and WhatsApp on their cellphones inside the jail.“We are trying to find the call details and decode other data so that we can reach a definite conclusion and unravel the truth behind the conspiracy,” said an officer.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within moments of the news of Supreme court granting bail to Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit spread, media representatives thronged Purohit’s bungalow on Law college road in Pune but the bungalow remained as quiet as it was in last nine years. “My children have sacrificed father’s love for nine years and therefore, once he comes home, I want him to spend maximum time with our children,” Aparna Purohit, wife of Lt Col Purohit told DNA from Delhi.Aparna travel led to Delhi for the hearing on Purohit’s bail plea in the Supreme Court and after court’s order, she will be traveling to Mumbai to go to Taloja jail to receive her husband once he comes out of jail after nine years.”The order was uploaded in the afternoon. After complying with the terms and conditions mentioned in the order, he will be coming out of jail. I will be personally going to Mumbai to receive him as I can not wait to see him out of jail,” Aparna said.According to Aparna, even after nine years, Purohit remained confident of coming of jail one day. “He is as confident as he was before going into the jail. Being an army officer, he is mentally very strong and his attitude has given strength to other family members also,” she said.Purhoit’s father has a sprawling bungalow named ‘Susrmuti’ in upmarket area of Law college where Purohit family has been staying over the years. The usually quiet area saw lot of buzz with media persons flocking to Purohit’s bungalow since Monday morning. The Purohit family members who were present at the house preferred to stay away from media glare and later decided to move out of the house to go to an undisclosed location.Meanwhile, Aparna told DNA that there will be some special reception for Purohit once he comes back home. “It will be a special day. We have waited for this day for nine years. More than anybody else in the family, my two children have sacrificed father’s love over these years. Therefore, I want to see my husband and my children spending maximum time with each other when he comes home,” Aparna said.According to Aparna, the entire family stayed together in these nine years to help each other. She said, “In these nine years, entire family has functioned as one unit. Even our friends have supported us all these years. Our entire family has full faith in judiciary and I am confident that the final judgment will be in our favor.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a weird case of tagging for identity, two minors were stamped with an entry seal on their face when they reached to meet their imprisoned relatives on Raksha Bandhan at the Bhopal Central Jail yesterday. The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) too has taken cognizance of the matter after the photographs of two children including a girl with an entry seal on their faces surfaced in a section of media here. The jail authorities, however, said the incident of ‘stamping-seal-on-face’ was an unintentional goof-up and might have been done mistakenly due to surge of visitors in the jail premises to mark the festive day of Raksha Bandhan. “Couple of children might have been stamped an entry seal on their cheeks. It was unintentional and done mistakenly as over 8,500 people mostly women and children visited the jail premises on the day of Raksha Bandhan,” Bhopal Central Jail’s Superintendent Dinesh Nargave told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Iraq today said it has no “substantial evidence” on whether the 39 Indians taken captive in Mosul three years ago are alive or dead, while confirming that the prison at Badush, their last known location, has been demolished by terror group ISIS.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had on July 16, based on information gathered by minister VK Singh during his visit to the city after its recent “liberation” from ISIS, stated that the abducted Indians may be lodged in the jail, located in northwest Mosul.”ISIS had seized control of Badush jail. The jail was demolished. We do not have any details on whether the Indians went under the rubble. We will continue to look for more details about them,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a press conference here.He said Singh’s information, that the Indians were lodged in the jail, was based on inputs gathered before its demolition.The issue was raised by Swaraj during extensive talks with al-Jaafari, who began a five-day India visit today, nearly two weeks after Mosul’s liberation by Iraqi forces.”We don’t know whether they are dead or alive. We are equally concerned. There is no substantial evidence whether they are alive or not. We are making the best efforts,” he said.The minister said the Iraqi government will make all possible efforts to trace the Indians, while expressing hope that they are alive.”My deep compassion and sympathy are with the families of the Indians. I consider them as my children,” he said, while praising Swaraj for her “persistent efforts” in following up the case.”We will do our utmost in the case, but it may take time,” he said.He also observed that ISIS had a strategy of shifting prisoners from one place to another and of spreading fake news.Asked about the fate of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who as per recent reports has been killed, al-Jafaari said that the Iraqi government was not “100 per cent certain” and that it was in the process of obtaining details, including his DNA to ascertain if he was dead.In a meeting with the relatives of the abducted Indians last week, Swaraj had said they might be languishing in a jail in Badush in northwest of Mosul where fighting was going on.However, a media report from Badush on Friday said the jail is now an abandoned structure and has been unoccupied for weeks.Swaraj is likely to make a detailed statement in Parliament tomorrow about her meeting with her Iraqi counterpart.In the talks, Swaraj and al-Jaafari decided to take steps to boost cooperation in areas of education, trade, energy and healthcare, official sources said.The volume of bilateral trade in 2016-17 was nearly USD 13 billion. Iraq contributes significantly to India’s energy security and is the second largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2016-17 with a total volume of over 37 MMT.The Iraqi foreign minister also met Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. India had requested Iraq to locate the 39 missing Indians, mostly from Punjab, after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from ISIS. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh was also sent to Iraq days after the Iraqi prime minister announced victory in the fight to liberate Mosul.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid the speculations of former All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary V. Sasikala getting VIP treatment in Parappana Agrahara central prison where she is lodged in a corruption case, a report by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) (Prisons) D. Roopa has asserted that a bribe worth Rs. 2 crore was given to the prison officials, including the Director General (Prisons) in order to avail special facilities. Roopa, in a report to Director General (Prisons) H.N. Satyanarayana Rao, has said there are speculations that Sasikala paid bribe to prison officials to get special facilities for herself with rumours also of the DG being a beneficiary himself. The letter, apart from the information about Sasikala, also talks about many other illegal instances inside the prison. – A special kitchen has been set up for Sasikala, which is against the rule of the jail. – Roopa has also mentioned about stamp paper scam accused Abdul Kareem too getting special facilities. ?Earlier, he was on wheelchair and court allowed people for his assistance. But now, when he is fine, why is this continuing? In fact, three or four undertrials are there to serve him, who even gave him hands and feet massage,? the letter stated. – She also mentioned that she got medical check-up of jail inmates done and in the drug test it has come to light that many convict prisoners are using various types of drug kits in the jail. – She even exposed that a prisoner in the jail had tried to sexually assault a nurse in the hospital while he was bought for check-up, but no action taken over it. – Roopa even pointed out that prisoners are harassing doctors to prepare fake report stating they be shifted to hospital citing health reasons. – She also said that the DGP was trying to interfere with her work. She said a memo was sent by the DGP to her seeking an explanation on why she went to Central Jail on July 10. Roopa has sent the report to additional chief secretary DGP prisons and home secretary too to take a disciplinary action against the guilty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the incident of Byculla jail inmate Manjula Shetye’s custodial death is far from over, another inmate was killed at Pune’s Yerwada jail on Saturday afternoon. The reason — he too was attacked by another inmate. The deceased was serving a three and half year jail term in a kidnapping case.The deceased has been identified as Sukhdev Meghraj Mehkarkar, 43. Mehkarkar was convicted in a kidnapping and molestation case and was lodged in Yerwada jail from April this year. The other inmate who attacked him was identified as Dinesh Dabade, 35, who is locked up in Yerwada jail fand is serving life term in a murder case. Both Mehkarkar and Dabade were staying in the same barrack.According to jail authorities, the incident took place near their barrack at around 12.30 on Saturday noon. UT Pawar, superintendent, Yerwada Central Jail said, “Mehkarkar and Dabade were staying in the same barrack in the jail and they both were working in the jail’s kitchen.”An officer from Yerwada jail told DNA, “Nearly eight days back when they were in the kitchen, they had an argument after Mehkarkar accidentally spilled water on Dabade.””On Saturday afternoon, after working in the kitchen, Mehkarkar was sitting outside his barrack where he was helping other inmates in writing letters to their family members. Before anyone could realise what was happening, Dabade approached Mehkarkar and hit his head with a stone,” the officer added.When jail authorities were alerted, they rushed to the barrack and spotted Mehkarkar’s body lying in a pool of blood. The jail authorities alerted the Yerwada police station after which a team of policemen rushed to the jail.After the incident, Dabade has been detained by the Yerwada police and further procedure of registering a case is underway at Yerwada police station.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prison department that is probing the death of convict Manjula Shetye on Monday claimed that Shetye could not have died of the injuries she had suffered. However, the department has found their six staffers from Byculla prison guilty of assaulting Shetye and that they could not control the situation.Initial statement of the jail inmates revealed that Shetye was assaulted brutally. “Though the preliminary postmortem report suggested that Shetye had suffered multiple injuries on her body and not on her private parts, the injuries are not grave enough which could have led to her death,” said Swati Sathe, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons.“Moreover, in our probe it has been found that Shetye was assaulted and the inmates became violent and launched an attack on the prison staff and set prison properties on fire,” added Sathe, who will be visiting the Byculla prison this week for conducting further probe.A prison department official on the condition of anonymity said the guilty staffers are likely to face dismissal from service.The Mumbai crime branch is probing the rioting case registered against the jail inmates including Indrani Mukerjea and six jail staffers on charges of murder.The prison authorities revealed that on June 23, the jail staffers were present during the incident and have been captured in the CCTV camera footage. The presence of jail staffers and Manisha Pokharkar – grade 2 jailor at the time of assault revealed that the assault had taken place.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as court sources said that the court had always ensured that Dossa was provided all necessary medical assistance during the entire trial phase, and he was even granted permission for home-cooked food, Arthur Road jail inmates claimed on Wednesday that Dossa was neglected by jail officials, which led to his death.“On Tuesday, when Dossa was produced in court, he had chest pain. After the hearing, Dossa informed jail officials that he was feeling uneasy and asked to be taken to JJ Hospital. Jail authorities, however, told him that they would provide him medical assistance at the jail. He had severe chest and stomach pain and was vomiting continuously in the barrack. Despite this, there was no medical assistance provided till 11 pm. It was only then that two medical officials attended to him and gave him few tablets. However at 1 am, when the jail authorities found him in bad shape, he was moved to the hospital,” a jail inmate claimed.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mumbai police has registered a murder case in connection with the death of a woman inmate in Byculla Jail. Rashmi Karandikar, Public Relations Officer, Mumbai Police, on Tuesday told ANI that the Nagpada Police has registered a case under Section 302 / 34 of Indian Penal Code. ?A lady named Manjula Shetye was serving her life imprisonment sentence in Byculla Jail. She was admitted in J.J. Hospital on Friday evening where she was declared dead. The Nagpada Police has registered case under section 302 / 34 of Indian Penal Code on the basis of the provisional report of the hospital and further investigations are underway,? Krandikar said. Death of Shetye incited a protest by the inmates against the jail staff. Sheena Bora murder accused Indrani Mukherjea, and 200 other women inmates were booked for rioting in the jail. Indrani has moved a special CBI court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the protest over Shetye?s death. Taking note of her complaint, a CBI court, which is hearing the Sheena murder case, directed the prison authorities to produce Indrani before it tomorrow. The jail authorities have suspended the jailer and five jail guards with immediate effect. It is alleged that Shetye was beaten up prison guards on Friday after an altercation. Shette was arrested in Bhandup in 2004 for the murder of her sister-in-law and was awarded life imprisonment. Meanwhile, Maharashtra state Commission for Women has written a letter to Additional Director General (ADG) Prisons, Maharashtra, and sought report on Shetye?s death in Byculla jail.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sheena Bora murder accused Sheena Bora and 200 other women inmates have been booked for rioting in the Byculla Jail here. An inmate of the Byculla Jail, Manjula Shetty, died on Friday evening after she was allegedly assaulted by one of the women staff at the jail. The alleged murder incited a protest by the inmates against the jail staff. It came out that Indrani instigated the inmates to use children as human shields. For the unversed, at the Byculla Jail, children up to six years are allowed to stay with their mothers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The inmates of Byculla jail went on a protest inside the barracks after the mysterious death of a 45-year-old female convict who was allegedly assaulted inside the prison. The woman was brought dead to JJ Hospital on Friday at around 7.30pm. Her family members allege that a lady police officer assaulted the woman to death inside the jail.Manjula Shetye was convicted by the Bombay High Court in 2003 on charges of murdering her sister-in-law and was first lodged at Yerwada jail. She was shifted to Byculla prison a month back. Shetye allegedly was assaulted inside the prison and was rushed to JJ hospital for treatment but was declared dead before admission.Since then, there has been unrest inside the prison as inmates allegedly burnt clothes and sat on a flash protest. On Saturday morning, female prisoners from barrack number two climbed up the prison to draw the attention of passersby. Additional police force was deployed to control the situation.Sanjay Baswat, Senior Inspector, Nagpada Police Station, said, “We have registered a case of accidental death and will make a panchnama to proceed with the post mortem at JJ Hospital.””We have been posted outside the jail to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incident,” said Baswat.Anand Shetye, a resident of Kalyan and brother of the deceased, said, “We suspect that she was killed and in order to hide the incident, a post-mortem was not conducted immediately.All activities inside the jail were stopped as prisoners were agitating inside the barracks. My sister never misbehaved in the jail. We want a transparent inquiry into the incident and the persons responsible should be punished.””Six jail staff, one officer, and five jail guards have been suspended for dereliction of duty inside the prison,” BK Upadhyay, Addn DG, Prisons, said.Mysterious deathFamily members of the victim suspect she was assaulted to death and questions delay in post-mortem.Since the death, there has been unrest inside the prison as inmates allegedly burnt clothes and sat on a flash protest.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty mobile phones and 12 SIM cards were recovered from criminals lodged in Gurgaon’s Bhondsi jail during checking today. The phones were seized in a joint operation by crime branch and the jail administration to prevent criminals from using mobile phones to operate their gangs and extortion rackets from their jail cells. Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khairwar directed the crime branch and jail administration to conduct surprise checking of jail inmates and criminals. A team headed by DCP-Crime, Sumit Kumar conducted the checking and recovered the mobile phones. “We have recovered these mobile phones and SIM cards and also warned the jail officers and workers of legal action in future if any of them are found involved in securing mobile phones for criminals in Jail,” Kumar said. “Such things cannot be done without the assistance of ground level jail staff,” he added. “We will conduct such surprise checking in future on routine basis to prevent criminals using mobile phones to operate their gangs, crime activities and extortion racket,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An undertrial prisoner in the circle jail here today attempted suicide, the police said. The prisoner was identified as Siba Shankar Sabat (29) of Dengaosta, near Digapahandi. He was housed in the jail for about two months after being arrested on charges of raping a minor girl. Sabat has been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital here and his condition is stated to be stable, a jail officer said. Senior Superintendent of the circle jail B B Patnaik said the jail staff rescued him when he tried to slit his neck. “We are probing the incident and how he managed to get hold of a sharp object in the jail,” Patnaik said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior prosecuting lawyer Ujjwal Nikam on Tuesday appeared to take exception to the fact that well known actor Sanjay Dutt was allowed an early release from prison on grounds of good behaviour, saying that other convicts could also use this plea to get out of jail in the future. Speaking a day after the Bombay High Court had asked the Maharashtra Government to give a justification for its decision to allow the film actor to leave jail early last year before he had completed his five-year prison sentence, Nikam told ANI here, ?The High Court asked two questions from the government: On what basis they (government) assessed the good behavior of Sanjay Dutt. The second question was when he was on parole for more than half of the time, then why was he released earlier.? Nikam said that jail authorities in Pune had said that no concessions was granted to Dutt and he was released as per the law of the state. ?According to the Maharashtra Jail Manual, every convicted prisoner is entitled to have a parole (furlough) for 90 days,? said Nikam. He, however, said there was no uniformity to decide what is meant by “good behaviour”. ?The high court may decide whether it may be a subjective satisfaction of the jail authorities for assessing good behaviour,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-day beekeeping training course was started at high security Tihar jail here today. As many as 50 inamtes of jail number-5 in Tihar participated in the beekeeping course started by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The KVIC will also instal 500 bee boxes in the jail premises after completion of the training to the inmates, said the jail authorities. “The five-day training course, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi s dream projects Sweet Revolution and Skill India, has been started for the young Tihar inmates,” said the KVIC chairman V K Saxena. “After training, the KVIC will install 500 bee-boxes in the jail premises having extensive greenery. These boxes will produce more than 12,500 kg of high quality honey and 300 kg of good-quality wax every year,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, the Director General (Prison) Sudhir Yadav detailed various initiatives of Tihar administration aimed at training and rehabilitation of the jail inmates. Prisons are now viewed also as correctional homes where persons on the other side of the law are encouraged and facilitated in reformation and rehabilitation programmes, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four convicts in the December 16 gangrape case, whose death sentence was upheld by the apex court today, got solace and succour from fellow inmates and Tihar prison staff, where they are lodged since their arrest. Of the four convicts who will face the gallows, Mukesh (29), Pawan (22) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) are kept in jail number two, while Vinay Sharma (23) is lodged in jail number four, a senior Tihar Jail official said. One of the accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail, while a convicted juvenile was sentenced to three years of punishment in a reform home. “Their reaction was normal since they have already been convicted twice and this was no news for them. They expressed no remorse as they were sort of mentally prepared for such a verdict,” the official said. However, in view of the confirmation of their death sentence, the jail authorities have ensured round-the-clock watch on all of them through CCTV cameras. Also, warders in the jails, where they are lodged, have been instructed to report any change in their “mood or behaviour”, he said. The inmates and jail staff, including warders, have been in touch with the four convicts and are trying to instill “positive outlook” in them, another official who met the convicts said. “They still can go for review petition and mercy petition to get their sentences commuted and they know it. They found solace and encouragement after these things were told to them by their cellmates and the jail staff,” he said. All the four convicts have been visited by their family members at “infrequent intervals”, he said. The jail authorities have been ensuring regular medical check-ups of the four convicts to detect any sign of depression as Vinay had allegedly attempted suicide last year. “He is being watched with extra care as he has a history of depression and also because he had tried to hang himself in the jail in August last year,” the official said. Vinay is now pursuing graduation through distance learning and is in the final year of the course. The Supreme Court today confirmed the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case, saying it had sent a “tsunami of shock” all over and was a ‘rarest of rare’ case. The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in South Delhi by a gang of six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out naked. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A warder of the high-security Tihar prison complex has been dismissed after being caught allegedly smuggling drugs and other banned items inside the jail. A top official of Tihar prison said the warder, Virender Kumar, was caught by Tamil Nadu Special Police force personnel near jail number 4 on April 11. Drugs and other items were allegedly recovered from him. “Virender who had recently joined as a warder four months back has been dismissed after report of an enquiry,” the official said. The accused warder was caught during frisking by jail staff. A case was registered and he was arrested. “Drugs, bidi, cigarettes and other such substances were recovered from the accused by the jail staff,” said the official. The accused warder was handed over to police and he was arrested but later got bail from the concerned court, said the official.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The jail authorities have not flouted any rule while letting visitors meet AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, serving sentence at the central prison here in a disproportionate assets case, a top jail official said today. Karnataka Director General (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao said today the close relatives, friends and legal advisers of the newly-admitted prisoners, including Sasikala, are to be accommodated “very liberally and reasonably and deciding what is reasonable is the prerogative of the superintendent.” “The jail authorities have not flouted any norm in allowing the stipulated number of visitors to meet Sasikala in the prison,” he told reporters here. The top jail official’s clarification came following revelations that Sasikala had met visitors 12 times in a month at the Parappana Agrahara central jail here, allegedly in violation of the prison rules. The revelations were made in reply to a query by RTI activist Narasimha Murthy, who had sought to know from the jail authorities under the Right to Information Act as to how many visitors Sasikala had met between February 16 and March 18. Sasikala has been imprisoned after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction in a disproportionate assets case. She surrendered before the Bengaluru trial court in February. Her relatives and co-convicts in the case, Elavarasi and V N Sudhakaran, had met visitors four times and once respectively during the said period, according to the reply. DG (P) Rao said, “In respect to the newly admitted prisoners including Sasikala, the regulation is that their close relatives, friends and legal advisers – they are all to be accommodated very liberally and reasonably, and what is reasonable is to be decided by the jail superintendent.” In the case of newly admitted prisoners, there is no restriction on allowing a number of visitors, he said adding that after some time, however, the same prisoners will not enjoy this facility. According to the Chapter 31 guidelines of the Karnataka Prisons Manual, Rao said, one visitor is allowed to meet every convicted prisoner every fortnight. “The guidelines that we have fixed for all the prisoners are that one visitor will be allowed to visit the convicted prisoner once every fortnight, but for the newly admitted prisoners this does not hold good,” he said. “Things take time to stabilise and Sasikala is at that stage where she is a new prisoner and gradually the number of visitors meeting her will be reduced,” Rao said. “We have begun to cut down on the visitors meeting Sasikala in the prison. We have sent back ministers and MPs,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The authorities rewarded the inmates of the Gurdaspur central jail who “exhibited good behavior” and saved some staffers when some prisoners clashed last week. The jail authorities today claimed the prisoners have returned to their daily routine. “The situation in Gurdaspur jail is normal now,” Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police (Prison) Rohit Chaudhary said. “We have announced several measures for the inmates who exhibited good behavior during the incident of rioting by about 150 inmates,” he said. The inmates of four barracks were rewarded for sheltering four prison staff members who were stuck during the disturbance and saved them from any harm at the hands of rowdy group, a jail official said. Violence had erupted in Gurdaspur jail after two groups of undertrials clashed when one group thrashed two staff members in the afternoon of March 24, forcing the police to open fire in the air, to rein them in. On Friday night, around 150 inmates again ran amok with several inmates including hardened criminals making a jailbreak bid by breaking portion of the outer wall of the jail which was thwarted by police. They broke locks of all the jail barracks, besides destroying CCTVs, mobile jammers and setting ablaze the quilts and furniture. Gauging the gravity of the situation, additional force including SWAT was brought from Majitha, Tarn Taran and Amritsar to control the violence. The situation was brought under control in the wee hours of Saturday, police said, adding that teargas shells were also lobbed. As many as 21 inmates were shifted to other jails while 30 inmates were booked for attempt to murder, rioting, damaging public property, police said. A mobile phone was also recovered from a gangster Jagtar Singh Jagga, police said. Undertrials were upset over the increased security measures at the jail and alleged that the jail authorities used abusive language against them, a police officer said. A bakery unit has also been approved for inmates while computer, yoga, music, English and meditation classes will be started next week in the barracks where the disturbance took place, official said. More than 44 leave cases were approved which were pending in DC office, the official said. Inmates were also encouraged to enroll for IGNOU courses in special enrollment drive and 31 inmates have expressed interest for it, the official said. As a special measure, inmates were allowed to meet their relatives for the whole week, the official said. A helpline number for the quick disposal of parole cases will be started in the DC office, the official said. There are around 900 inmates in Gurdaspur jail. The jail authorities also held meeting with inmates of all the barracks and a peace committee was constituted with inmates of each barrack. Inmate pledged to prevent other inmates from indulging in creating disturbance in the jail, official said. Taking a serious view of the jail violence, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has convened a high-level meeting of police and Home department officials next week to review the security in the state’s prisons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered against eight named inmates and 25 unidentified prisoners of the district jail for damaging furniture, violence and threatening jail staff, a senior official said today. Jail Superintendent Rakesh Singh said the incident took place yesterday after a mobile phone and sim card was recovered from an inmate, Vivek, by the jail wardan. Led by Vivek, other inmates gathered near the main gate of the jail and damaged jail furniture, he said, adding police and jail staff rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The jail authorities have lodged a complaint against more than 20 inmates for violence and threatening the jail staff, the superintendent said. Meanwhile, the district authorities have ordered to shift the inmates who were found involved in the yesterday’s violence to other jails. Security has also been tightened in jail after the incident, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)