Indrani Mukerjea allowed to lodge complaint against Byculla jail officials
Mukerjea was among 200 inmates who have been booked for rioting in the Byculla Jail in Mumbai following the death of the woman convict Photograph: (ANI)
A Mumbai court on Wednesday permitted Indrani Mukerjea to approach police to lodge a complaint against the Byculla prison officials.
Special CBI Judge JC Jagdale on Wednesday said that Indrani be first taken for a medical examination and later to the police station (Nagpada) to file her complaint.
Mukerjea, who was testifying in a Mumbai court on Wednesday over the death of woman prisoner in the same jail, said she saw the woman being dragged out of the jail superintendent's room with her sari wrapped around her neck, Indian media reported.
Yesterday, her lawyer had filed an application with a special CBI court in Mumbai saying Mukerjea was beaten up by jail officials and that she had bruise marks all over her body.
Mukerjea also claimed to have crucial information about the killing of a 45-year-old inmate, Manju Govind Shette, last week. She alleged that the jail staff threatened her with sexual assault if she testified about Shette’s death.
Mukerjea, who is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, was among 200 inmates who have been booked for rioting in the Byculla Jail in Mumbai following the death of the woman convict.
Shette died on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman prison official.
Following Shette’s death, Mukerjea, along with others inmates began protesting against the jail staff on Saturday morning.
“One lady inmate of Byculla prison died at JJ Hospital. Inmates alleged that she was beaten by a lady staffer. Due to this, there was a commotion among inmates. Jail staff along with police tried to pacify them after the incident,” The Indian Express quoted Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), as saying.
Mukerjea instigated the inmates to use children to shield themselves from jail officials, according to ANI.
An FIR has been filed against six jail staffers.
Indrani Mukerjea along with her husband Peter Mukerjea was arrested in August 2015 for killing her daughter Sheena Bora.