Indrani among 200 booked for prison riot after convict's death
Nearly 200 inmates of a women's prison here, including Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, have been booked for rioting after they allegedly staged a protest over the death of a convict here.
The spark for the protest was the death of 45-year-old Manju Govind Shette, a convict, at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of Byculla Jail.
Following Shette's death, on Saturday, enraged women inmates rose in protest, some of them went up to the prison's roof while some others made a bonfire of newspapers inside the premises to express their anger, a police official said.
The inmates alleged that Shette was mercilessly beaten up by a woman prison official which led to her death.
The police officer alleged the protest was staged by the inmates to grab media attention over the issue.
Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and yesterday police registered a case under IPC Section 302 (punishment for murder) against them.
Indrani, lodged in the Byculla prison after arrest in August 2015, is among nearly 200 inmates against whom a case was registered for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, a police official said on Monday.