Indrani Mukerjea Among 200 Inmates Booked for Rioting in Jail
The inmates were protesting against the death of a 45-year-old woman prisoner, Manjura Shetye, who was allegedly beaten to death last week
Mumbai: Former media executive Indrani Mukerjea was among 200-odd jail inmates booked for rioting, destruction of property and causing injury to prison staff in Mumbai’s Byculla jail.
The inmates were protesting against the death of a 45-year-old woman prisoner, Manjura Shetye, who was allegedly beaten to death last week.
Shetye died at the government-run JJ Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman prison official. Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and on Sunday police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them.
Following Shetye’s death, over 200 women inmates of the jail were up in arms since Saturday morning.
Some inmates on Saturday climbed atop the roof of the jail while newspapers were torched inside, a police official told PTI. The inmates alleged that Shetye was beaten up by a woman prison official. They wanted to present the issue before the media which is not permissible under prison rules, he said.
Indrani, who is lodged in the Byculla prison, is among the 200 inmates against whom a case was registered for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on public servant and other relevant sections under the Indian Penal Code, a police official said on Monday.
The jail houses around 251 women prisoners.
Indrani, her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna have been accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, whom she had passed off as her sister for several years. All the three accused are in judicial custody.
While Sheena was killed on April 24, 2012, the case came to light only in 2015 after Indrani’s driver Shyamwar Rai was arrested in an arms case.
(With PTI inputs)
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