It took 15 minutes to subdue Jagtap: Police

In a report submitted to special TADA court Monday,Taloja jail authorities said it took them 15 minutes to subdue inmate Devendra Jagtap alias JD after he fired at gangster Abu Salem on June 27.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai | Published:July 2, 2013 2:47 am

In a report submitted to special TADA court Monday,Taloja jail authorities said it took them 15 minutes to subdue inmate Devendra Jagtap alias JD after he fired at gangster Abu Salem on June 27.

The report,submitted to special TADA judge G A Sanap,gives a detailed account of how the attack was executed as well as the sequence of events leading up to incident.

The report states at 8 pm on June 27,a police van carrying five undertrials including Jagtap 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Riyaz Siddiqui,reached Taloja jail amidst high security. The undertrials were made to wait in the jail yard before being taken to their respective cells. The Local Arms guards had just alighted from the van when Jagtap ran towards cell 46 in ward four,where Salem was lodged,the report said.

After firing two rounds,Jagtap ran towards ward 1,the report said. Constable Gitesh Randive ran behind Jagtap and tried to take overpower him,the report said. Jagtap resisted,and in the melee,the country-made revolver fell. Jagtap also sprained his leg,the report stated.

Meanwhile,Siddiqui said his name was being unnecessarily dragged into the case. “I was questioned by the jail staff and Navi Mumbai Police’s Crime branch. Both coaxed me to become a witness. I had only travelled in the police van with Jagtap and had no role to play in the case,” Siddiqui said.

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