Updated: September 24, 2021 9:01:08 pm
FOUR YEARS after his mysterious death, Chandigarh Police on Friday finally lodged a murder case and formally launched investigations into the death of convict Mohan Lal, who was lodged at Model Burail Jail.
Lal, who was serving out a life sentence in Burail Jail, had been declared brought dead at Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32 in February 2017. Sources said Lal had been rushed to GMCH-32 following the complaint of chest pain. He was reportedly sitting in his large barrack, along with other fellow inmates, when he allegedly started experiencing chest pain and was subsequently rushed to GMCH-32. A special panel of doctors had performed the autopsy on Lal’s body later.
As per jail records, Mohan Lal was convicted in a case of dacoity-murder with life imprisonment. He had completed around 14 years of his term and was likely to get a premature release from prison.
A Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC), Gaurav Datta, had been appointed for conducting a magisterial enquiry for looking into the possible reason behind the death of the convict. Sources said, “A doctor had observed injuries on the neck of Mohan Lal and didn’t rule out foul play as a cause behind the death. Eyewitnesses, however, had later claimed that Lal was not assaulted by anyone. He was a heart patient.” Subsequently, the matter was referred to the National Human Rights Commission. The family members of Lal, who was residing at Mansa Devi in Panchkula, was granted a compensation of Rs 3 lakh in February 2021.
A police officer said, “An FIR for murder has been registered against unknown people. The circumstances and the nature of injuries will be examined during the subsequent police investigations. A record of the people, who were lodged along with Mohan Lal in jail at the time of incident, will be obtained from jail authorities. Opinions over the postmortem report will also be taken from the special panel of doctors of PGI.” The case was registered under Section 302 of IPC at PS 49.
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