Lifer murdered in jail

Lifer murdered in jail

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, February 21

A 42-year-old life-term convict was murdered by inmates in the district jail on Sunday morning. The police suspect gang war behind the incident.

The deceased has been identified as Jagbeer of Kasandi village of Gohana, who was sentenced to life term for murdering a dreaded gangster, Sanjay Butania, in 2008 in Sonepat courts.

The incident occurred at around 9 am when the jail authorities brought the inmates out from the barracks for breakfast.

Ankit Malik, Deputy Jail Superintendent, in his complaint to the police said food was distributed among the inmates of ward B-D and block number 8 in the supervision of Head Warder Kadam Singh.

Meanwhile, inmates Dinesh and Rohit of block 8 pulled security man Naveen in their block, while four inmates Rajneesh, alias Palu, Pawan, Deepak and Anil attacked Kadam Singh.

Other inmates Amit, alias Mota, Mahipal, Ravinder, alias Thekedar, Praveen, Ravinder, alias Raghubeer, Rohit, alias Nitu, Deepak and Gitu, alias Parinda entered the chakki number 20 and attacked Jagbeer with some sharp-edged weapons and strangled him with a “parna” (a piece of cloth), he said.

The jail staff, however, controlled the situation and shifted the injured to hospital in the jail, where the doctor declared him dead.

The police sent the body to the mortuary in General Hospital for post-mortem examination.

The SP, Sonepat, Jashandeep Singh Randhawa, said gang war was suspected to be behind the murder in the district jail on Sunday. Primarily, it came to fore that some inmates, associated with the Sanjay Butania gang, had murdered Jagbeer with some sharp-edged weapons and also strangled him, he said.

Jagbeer had murdered dreaded gangster Sanjay Butania of Butana village in police custody in the district courts on December 13, 2008, due to old enmity. He was arrested by the police on the spot.

The court had sentenced him to life imprisonment for murdering Sanjay Butania. He was lodged in the Faridabad jail.

He was on parole and a CIA team nabbed him allegedly with illegal weapons four days ago. It was revealed during investigation that Jagbeer had taken “supari” for killing Sudhir of Khanpur, maintained SP Randhawa.

A case was registered against 14 inmates under Sections 148, 149,186, 332, 353 and 302 of the IPC and Section 45 of the Prison Act, he said.

Sanjay Butania and his gang members had killed two brothers and the father of Jagbeer. Following the killings, Jagbir and his family, who were the natives of Butana village, had left the village and shifted to Kasandi village. Jagbir had gunned down Sanjay Butania in 2008 to avenge the killing of family members.

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