Fearing the attack of rival gangs outside the central jail, nearly 40 undertrial prisoners, have moved applications before Delhi courts, requesting that they be tried through video-conference. They will also be required to give reasons for possible attacks on them. The sudden rise in such applications came after the murder of two undertrials in a moving prison van in August this year.
Sources in the Tihar Jail told The Indian Express that this year, till October 12, 144 undertrial prisoners had moved applications before the city courts and nearly 40 applications were moved by undertrial prisoners after August 25. “Since January 1, 86 applications were rejected by the concerned courts, while 21 applications are still pending in the court,” the sources said.
Four murders have taken place in Tihar jail as a fallout of gang rivalry in the last eight months, Vikram Paras alias Goldy and Pradeep Bhola, key members of the Neetu Dabodia gang on August 25 in a moving prison van by seven gang rivals, including notorious gangster Neeraj Bawana. “On October 3, Udayveer Kala, the key conspirator in the murder of former Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh was taken to Dwarka court for hearing, but he was not produced before the court and was kept inside the lockup of the court. Later, the lockup in-charge informed the concerned judge that they were not producing him as there is a strong possibility of attack inside the court. He also moved an application, asking to be allowed to not be physically present for the hearing,” Tihar jail sources added.
The advocates of Udayveer Kala had also appealed before the court to allow video-conferencing as citing attack of rival gangs. Apart from notorious criminal Kala, the lawyer of dreaded criminal Bawana had also moved an application in Rohini court and Patiala House court where he informed them about the security inside the Tihar jail and requested them to install CCTV in his lockup.