Devendra Jagtap remanded in police custody till July 6

Devendra Jagtap,accused of firing at and injuring Abu Salem inside Taloja Central Jail last week,was on Monday remanded in police custody till July 6.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 2, 2013 2:28 am

Devendra Jagtap,accused of firing at and injuring Abu Salem inside Taloja Central Jail last week,was on Monday remanded in police custody till July 6.

He claimed in court earlier that he was assaulted by the prison authorities. The court ordered that he be examined by a civil surgeon and will give its decision on granting his custody to police after receiving the medical report.

Navi Mumbai police said Jagtap was taken from the prison to Panvel court Monday morning,as police wanted to seek his custody for interrogation in connection with the alleged attack on Salem. However,Jagtap alleged in court that he had been beaten up by prison guards.

“The court then ordered a medical examination and Jagtap was taken to the Thane Civil Hospital,where he underwent a medical examination. The report is expected Tuesday. We will produce him in court again,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Navi Mumbai) Fatehsingh Patil.

Navi Mumbai police were granted permission to arrest Jagtap in the case by a sessions court in Mumbai Saturday. Police said his interrogation was crucial to the investigation on the attack as well as the smuggling of the pistol used in the attack inside the jail.

Meanwhile,officers said there was tension between Jagtap and Salem over the past three-four months.

“Jagtap has been trying to establish his supremacy in the prison for several months now and would frequently taunt Salem,trying to pick fights with him. Salem,in his statement,said while Jagtap’s attempts continued,he himself never felt the need to respond. Prima facie,it seems Jagtap was trying to make a name for himself by attacking Salem,” said an officer.

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