Mumbai: Arthur Road under trial dead; family refuses to accept body

An under trial prisoner from the Arthur Road jail in Byculla died on Friday evening while undergoing treatment at the jail hospital. The deceased was a pavement dweller from Churchgate. While the reason for death is yet to be ascertained, his family has alleged negligence on part of jail authorities, and have refused to accept the body.

Arthur Road jail in Byculla
Arthur Road jail in Byculla

The under trial developed complications on Friday night even while his treatment was on. He was declared dead on Saturday morning by doctors. According to officials from the prison, his body was taken to the government-run JJ hospital on Saturday morning. The NM Joshi Marg police station has registered a case under section 174 of CRPC. Senior police inspector Ahmad Usman Pathan, said, “Accused Arvind Ramesh Shimpi (24), who was an under trail in a theft case was brought to Arthur Road jail on March 8. He was declared dead on Friday at JJ Hospital when he was brought in by authorities.”

Police officials said they will await the post mortem before cause of death is ascertained.

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