Security of jail inmates needs to be looked into: Bombay High Court

by National | 01-07-2017 | 369 views

Mumbai : Bombay High court on friday stated that after the death of Manjula Shetye, a female convict at Mumbai's Byculla jail, the issue of security of inmates has become important and it needs to be looked into. This statement was in response to a petition by a convict in Yerwada Central Jail who complained of inhuman treatment of his fellow inmates.

The 41 year old petitioner, Balu Alias Shivaji Tukaram Choudary, was arrested in 2014 for the murder of gangster Parshuram. Since then, Balu has been in Yerwada Central Jail and has been complaining about the inhuman condition there.

In his petition, he has alleged that he has been deprived of his fundamental human rights after being put in the unclean and unhygeinic , high security block. Food is inedible, no sufficeint water and also adds in his pettition that he has been a witness to the inhuman treatment of the fellow jail inmates.

31 years old Manjula Shetye, a jail inmate of Byculla Jail in Mumbai, had been transferred from Yerwada jail three months ago for good conduct and was about to be released from jail in six months after completing her sentence in a murder case. But she had been beaten up by jail inmates till she lost consiousness and was later taken to the J J Hospital where she was declared dead by doctors. 

The Bombay Highcourt, however, observed that there is already a public interest litigations that is being heard by another bench of this very court which has passed a detailed order on various issues concerning jail. Therefore, the judges asked public pleader to inform them in one week if security of jail inmates is also being considered by that bench. If the other bench is not looking into the issue of jail security then this bench would hear this petition and enlarge the scope of its across various jails of Maharashtra.


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