Attack on Salem: Four prison staffers suspended

The police have moved a local court for custody to question Jagtap

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 29, 2013 2:56 am

A day after gangster Abu Salem was shot at by Devendra Jagtap,an aide of gangster Bharat Nepali,at Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai,four prisons department employees were suspended Friday for lapses that allegedly allowed Jagtap to smuggle in a country-made revolver.

Jailor Sanjay Sable and constables Chandrakant Pathare,Nitin Sawant and Gitesh Randhive were suspended after Jagtap entered the high-security zone where the anda cell,in which Salem is lodged,is located and fired two rounds.

Salem,who sustained a finger injury in the attack,was operated on Thursday night at MGM Hospital in Vashi. He was later shifted to JJ Hospital in Mumbai and sent back to Taloja Jail Friday morning.

The police have moved a local court for custody to question Jagtap.

They suspect he was handed the weapon by friend Manoj Lamhane in court Thursday but the gangster is reportedly claiming to have planned to kill Salem months in advance.

“Jagtap was taken to court yesterday (Thursday) and brought a country-made revolver into the jail after breaching gate security. He fired two rounds,a third jammed. Four policemen on duty at the gate and high security zone have been suspended,” said Meeran Borwankar,additional director general,prisons.

“Lamhane visited Jagtap each time he was produced in court. We believe he gave the revolver Thursday. Jagtap has said Lamhane gave him the weapon four months ago. He wanted to kill Salem to elevate his position in the gang. We are verifying these claims,” said Sanjay Yenpure,DCP,Navi Mumbai.

He said Jagtap could reach the Salem cell as the constable responsible for taking him to his cell was not present.

Borwankar said arrangements for each high-security prisoner in the state would be reviewed. “Guards at the gate failed to frisk Jagtap properly,the metal detector also failed. He keeps changing his version of how he got the weapon. We will need to verify how he was able to hide the revolver if he got it four months ago,” she said.

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