A day after she was booked for rioting inside the Byculla jail, former media entrepreneur Indrani Mukerjea alleged she was assaulted and threatened with sexual assault by the jail authorities. Mukerjea’s lawyer, Gunjan Mangla, informed a CBI court that her client and other inmates were attacked by the jail staff after they protested over the death of an inmate last week.
“She showed me her bruise marks and injuries which were very prominent on her hands, legs and head,” Mukerjea’s lawyer claimed in the application. The court then directed the Byculla jail authorities to produce Mukerjea before it.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women has taken Suo moto cognizance of the case.
Protests erupted last week over the death of a convict, Maju Govind Shette. The enraged inmates burnt papers and created a bonfire. A few also went up to the prison’s roof to protest. The inmates alleged that Shette was mercilessly beaten up by the woman prison official which led to her death. Jail authorities accused Indrani of instigating the convicts to shun food and “use their children as shields” when they intervened. During the investigation, it was found that she played an “active” role in the protest staged by the women inmates, a jail official told PTI.
Six jail staffers have been placed under suspension and the police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them yesterday.