Mumbai, Aug 1 (PTI) The Maharashtra government today announced suspension of acting jail superintendent Tanaji Gharboodve and jail superintendent Chandramani Indulkar in connection with convict Manjula Shette’s alleged murder at the Byculla Jail here.Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Update: Govt Eases Covid Curbs in 11 Districts Including Pune and Sangli | Check Full List Here
It also informed the Legislative Council that a probe had been ordered into the role of Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Swati Sathe. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Big Update: Shops To Remain Open Till 8 PM in THESE Districts | Malls, Gyms, Spas Allowed
Shette died in Byculla Jail here on June 24 after she was allegedly beaten up inhumanly by the staff. Also Read - Maharashtra Reports First Case Of Zika Virus After Woman in Pune Tests Positive For Infection
There was a heated debate on the incident in the Legislative Council today, with the opposition Congress, NCP and even the ruling ally Shiv Sena alleging that attempts were being made to shield someone in the government.
They demanded a judicial probe of Shette’s “murder”.
While replying to the debate, Minister of State for Home (Urban) Ranjit Patil announced suspension of Gharboodve, and jail superintendent Indulkar.
He further announced that an Inspector General-level officer will probe the allegation that DIG Swati Sathe sent Whatsapp messages seeking financial and legal support for the six jail staffers arrested in the case.
“The probe against Sathe will deal with whether she should be made a co-accused,” the minister said.
This probe will be conducted within a week, he added.
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde (NCP) said that before the visit of opposition leaders to Byculla Jail after the incident, the authorities admitted Mariam Sheikh, an inmate and the complainant in the case, to hospital, so that she could not give them a first-hand account of events.
“Attempts are being made to shield someone involved in the case. Shette knew what was going on inside the jail and since she was about to be released soon, she was killed fearing that she might spill the beans,” Munde alleged.
DIG Sathe should be made a co-accused, he demanded.
The women inmates who spoke to the opposition’s delegation termed the conditions inside as “worse than hell”, he said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.