Celebrity prisoner Indrani Mukerjea, who is lodged in Byculla jail of Mumbai, is among 200 jail inmates booked for the offence of rioting, destruction of property and causing injury to prison staff.
The protest began after a 45-year-old inmate, named Manjura Shetye, was allegedly beaten to death by a women prison officer last week. This led to a huge uproar by the 200 inmates after news about the death spread.
Shetye died in the government-run JJ Hospital on Friday night (June 23) after allegedly being beaten up by the woman prison official. Following the death of the prison inmate, six jail staffers have been suspended and on Sunday, the police registered a case under IPC Section 302 (punishment for murder) against them.
It has been reported that some inmates ascended the roof and lit up newspapers, a police official told PTI. The inmates are saying that Shetye has been killed by the woman prison official and they are protesting so that it can be reported in the media, but it is not permissible under prison rules, said the official.
Mukerjea is also in the group of inmates who have been booked by the police for rioting from among a total 251 inmates, a police official said on Monday (June 26), reported News 18.
Mukerjea is serving jail term in connection with her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder case. Sheena’s murder took place in 2012 but the case was registered in 2015 when Indrani’s driver Shyamwar Rai was arrested in an arms case.
Her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna are also accused of killing Sheena, who Indrani passed off as her sister for many years. All three have been arrested by the police.
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