Byculla inmate murder: Marks on Manjula Shetye's body developed after her death

Updated: Nov 23, 2017, 19:08 IST | Agencies

A lawyer representing the six jail officials, arrested in connection with the death of Byculla prison inmate Manjula Shetye, yesterday argued that the so-called injury marks mentioned in the autopsy report had developed after her death

A lawyer representing the six jail officials, arrested in connection with the death of Byculla prison inmate Manjula Shetye, yesterday argued that the so-called injury marks mentioned in the autopsy report had developed after her death.

Manjula Shetye
Manjula Shetye

A special court for women's cases is at present hearing the bail applications filed by the accused. Vaibhav Bhagade, the accused's lawyer, said Shetye was suffering from various ailments and also had symptoms of tuberculosis.

The patches on her body developed after the death as there was a four-hour gap between inquest panchnama and the autopsy, and the doctors, mistakenly, termed them as "signs of injuries", he contended.

Besides, statements of witnesses contradict the FIR, and other than the complainants, nobody has spoken about Shetye's private parts being violated during the assault, he said. The prosecution also tampered with the CCTV footage inside the prison, the lawyer alleged.

Shetye (45) died in hospital on June 23 after she was allegedly beaten up by the jail staff. The jail officials were arrested last month for assaulting Shetye and causing her death.

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