Blood on lathi matches dead mobster’s DNA, Delhi court says he can sue Tihar cops

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A delhi The court said on Friday there was enough evidence to prosecute a former deputy superintendent and five other staff at Tihar prison in the death of 29-year-old inmate Ankit Gujjar, who was found dead at inside the prison complex.

Metropolitan Chief Magistrate Anjali Mahajan said the indictment and accompanying documents “reveal that the allegations against the defendants and the material on file are prima facie sufficient to prosecute the case.”

Narender Kumar Meena, then Deputy Superintendent of Central Jail Number 3, was accused of harassing Gujjar, who had several criminal cases against him, for money. It was alleged that when Gujjar was unable to respond to requests, the accused along with other prison staff, Ram Avtar Meena, Dinesh Chhikara, Harfool Meena, Vinod Kumar Meena and Deepak Dabas , “brutally beat Ankit Gujjar with kicks and polycarbonate lathis”. ”. Gujjar succumbed to his injuries on August 4, 2021, due to lack of proper medical treatment.

The court took cognizance of ICC Articles 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not constituting murder), 323 (punishment for willfully causing injury) and 24 (dishonestly).

The CBI, which is investigating the case, told the court that “during the investigation, seven polycarbonate towers with possible traces of blood were recovered from Central Jail Number 3.”

“According to the FSL report, from two of the polycarbonate lathis, DNA profiles were generated, which were found to match the mixed DNA profiles of inmates Ankit Gujjar, Gurjeet and Gurpreet,” the agency said.

Detainees Gurpreet and Gurjeet, who were called as witnesses, corroborated the prosecution’s allegations. “There are, among other things, witness statements from co-detainees of the deceased on file, which on the face of it also corroborate the version of the prosecution. The deceased’s autopsy report lists the cause of death as haemorrhage resulting from the cumulative effect of multiple blunt injuries sustained on the body, and the time of death… coincides with the alleged incident,” the court said. .

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