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Tehelka case: Tejpal Shares cell with two murder accused,five others on first night

Tejpal entered the lock-up around 2.30 am,after his check-up at the Goa Medical College Hospital.

Written by Express News Service | Panaji | Published: December 1, 2013 9:58:15 pm

Tarun Tejpal spent the night with seven accused — two booked for murder,a preventive arrest,and four others booked under the Wildlife Protection Act — in the Panaji police station lock-up.

While Grand Hyatt,Bambolim,where the sexual assault incident is alleged to have taken place,falls under the jurisdiction of Agassaim police station,officials decided to keep him at the well-secured Panaji police station lock-up. The lock-up,the oldest in Goa,is a small room with no ventilation. It shares its roof with two other rooms — a women’s cell and the duty room.

Tejpal entered the lock-up around 2.30 am,after his check-up at the Goa Medical College Hospital. “The only thing he asked for were newspapers,to spread and sleep,” said a senior official. Some of his seven cellmates — all from Nuvem village in Margao — were already asleep at that hour.

One of the accused,detained as preventive arrest,was let off early morning. Two others — accused in different murder cases — have been in lock-up for four days. The others — Damin Colaso,Lawrence Colaso,Nathalo Fernandes and Santano Colasa — booked under Wildlife Protection Act have been inside since November 19.

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