Nearly two years after a rape convict was found hanging in a toilet in Allahabad’s Nani Central Jail, a judicial inquiry has found that he was sodomised and murdered before being hanged to make it look a suicide.
Bansi Lal, a resident of Rae Bareli was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10-years rigorous imprisonment on February 28, 2008. He was found hanging in the jail toilet on March 9, 2012. Initially, the jail authorities termed it a case of suicide. However, the chief judicial magistrate ordered a probe.
The inquiry report was sent to jail authorities on Sunday. The prison authorities claimed that on the basis of the report they have sent a formal complaint to the Naini police station for lodging of an FIR. Naini Jail Superintendent Ambarish Gaur said: “An FIR will have to be registered in due course.” He said, the report did not specifically mention any names.
Asked about any inquiry against jail officials, DIG (Naini Central Jail), V K Jain, said: “The report has not yet reached my office. I only know through the media.”
The probe found “evidence beyond doubt” that the convict was first sodomised and then strangled to death. Subsequently, his body was hanged to make it look like a case of suicide. The conclusion was arrived at on the basis of the statements given by at least 14 people — including five co-inmates of Bansi Lal.
The shop had stored over 20 drums of kerosene that fuelled the blaze and it quickly spread through the entire building.