Weeks after two prisoners were murdered by gangster Neeraj Bawana and his men inside a prison van, authorities — apprehending a similar attack — has asked a Delhi court to allow them to handcuff Bawana’s cousin, Lokesh, and his associates during transit.
The lockup in-charge of the Patiala House district court, Rajinder Dubey, sought permission from the court of Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh to produce Lokesh and his two associates in handcuffs while in court. Lokesh and his associates are accused in a murder conspiracy case.
The court said, “In these facts and circumstances, permission is granted for production of accused Lokesh, Harvinder and Karambir in handcuffs till further orders.”
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Lokesh and his associates will join the likes of suspected IM operative Yasin Bhatkal and carjacker Manoj Bakkarwala, who were fettered during transit. So far, the Delhi district courts have given the Third Battalion permission to handcuff 133 prisoners out of 15,450 inmates in Tihar during transit.
The direction came when the sessions court was framing charges against Lokesh last week in a murder conspiracy case. They have been accused on conspiring to murder two persons, Mintu and Sanjeet.
“Charges framed against all the accused persons, except Amarjeet alias Kunal, under Section 120 B of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act. They pleaded not guilty and claimed trial,” noted the court.
The court put the accused on trial and said it would record prosecution evidence in the case on November 20. Lokesh and his associates will be produced in court for days in November while prosecution evidence is being recorded. As per the court’s orders, they will be handcuffed.