Published On : Sat, Apr 4th, 2015

Committee led by Pravin Dixit investigates into lacunae of Nagpur Jail

Five prison officials suspended: One home guard arrested

Nagpur: Immediately after the news of the daring jail break by five dreaded criminals from Nagpur Central Jail came to fore, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had constituted a high-level committee headed by Director General (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit to conduct an inquiry into the Nagpur jailbreak incident. In continuance with the directives of the Chief Minister, Director General (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit arrived in the city on April 3, 2015. He had conducted a thorough investigation into the jail-break and the circumstances that provided a safe escape.

On April 4, 2015, though Director General (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit refused to speak to media personnel, sources revealed that five prison sepoys were placed under suspension.

The sepoys include:

  1. Mangesh Prajapathi,
  2. R R Patil,
  3. Ramesh Dhekle,
  4. Ashok Bhandarkar &
  5. Sanjay Tokal

Sources also revealed that one Home Guard is also arrested for his involvement in the crime.

It could be recalled that Hard-core criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal, and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, had escaped from the jail in the wee hours of Tuesday after getting inside help.

Recently DIG (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde and ADGP (Prisons) Meera Borwankar reached Central Jail and had conducted an inquiry. After inspecting the Barrack No. 6 from where the five criminals, including the three booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), escaped after cutting the iron rods and scaling the prison wall, Borwankar also quizzed suspended Jail Superintendent Kamble, Jailers, Sepoys and some inmates at length. While speaking to media she had claimed that she would submit a detailed report to the Chief Minister, who also holds the Home portfolio.

Some more Jail officers and sepoys are likely to be placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. Similarly, DIG (Prisons) Shinde is likely to be transferred for his alleged casual approach in jail administration. Speaking to media persons, ADG (Prisons) Meera Borwankar admitted that there were major security lapses. Chief Minister had claimed that the officer held responsible in this case would be dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution of India. There were 51 complaints against the Jail Superintendent, who is now under suspension.