Mystery death of youth in custody
KOLKATA: A CPM activist died mysteriously in jail custody on Tuesday night. His relatives allege that he was beaten to death in Alipore jail by prisoners who support Trinamool.
Jail authorities allegedly took the victim, Moinruddin Sardar, to hospital without informing police. He was declared dead on arrival. Calls to senior jail officials went unanswered all through Tuesday evening.
Moinruddin was from Joynagar, South 24-Parganas. He was arrested on June 12 under the Arms Act and remanded in two-weeks’ jail custody, said brother Rafikul. “I was about to leave for work today when someone, whose relative is in the same jail, told me that my brother was critical and I should rush to Kolkata. I do not know how he came to know about my brother,” he said. Rafikul says that when he reached Alipore jail, he was denied entry.
“I asked the sentry about my brother, but he was of no help. Another person told me to check Bangur Hospital. It took me two hours to find out Bangur Hospital and check my brother’s name in the register. I finally saw his body in the evening. He had injuries all over his chest, shoulder and legs. It is clear he was beaten to death,” alleged Rafikul. Hospital records show that he was brought in at 9.15am on Tuesday. Moinruddin’s family has demanded a CBI or judicial probe.
DC-south Murlidhar Sharma said he had no idea about Moinruddin being admitted to hospital. “No one has informed us about his hospitalization and subsequent death. I am hearing about it from the media,” he told TOI.
Alipore jail has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the recent past. Delhi Police had alleged that at least two Pakistani citizens lodged here were planning terror attacks in Delhi through calls made from behind bars. Attempts to install jammers failed because it started to block phone calls made to the chief minister’s residence, which is nearby.
Rafikul Sardar, the brother of Moinruddin who reportedly died in the jail on Tuesday, said the deceased’s body bore serious injury marks