February 23, 2009 2:49:26 am
A TADA accused involved in the communal flare up in Surat in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition in 1993,died of chest pain at the Sir Sayajirao General (SSG) Hospital on Sunday.
Ehsan Patel (40),who had been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment,was confined at the Vadodara Central Jail since October 2008. But on Sunday,after complaining of a severe chest pain,the jail authorities brought him to the SSG Hospital for treatment. Although the jail authorities have denied the charges,Patel’s wife suspected foul play behind his death and has demanded for a thorough investigation. He complained of chest pain around 2 pm and was immediately brought to the SSG hospital where he died at 2.30 pm. He had made no complaints earlier of any major ailment. The body has been sent for postmortem, said R C Adroja,Assistant Superintendent,Vadodara Central Jail.
Patel,along with 16 others,was accused of instigating communal violence in Surat in 1993 after the Babri Masjid demolition. All the accused had thrown grenades at the Surat railway station and at Mini Bazaar in Varachha. They were convicted of the offence in October 2008.
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