Bu­rail jail in­mate ac­cuses Deshraj of as­sault

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CHANDIGARH: Nis­hant Sharma, who had hit the head­lines for at­tack­ing Sikh mil­i­tant Jag­tar Singh Hawara out­side district courts com­plex in Novem­ber 2011, on Tues­day ac­cused sus­pended UT SP (city) Deshraj Singh for as­sault­ing him in Bu­rail jail.

He claimed that the IPS of­fi­cer, be­hind bars in a cor­rup­tion case, roughed him up fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment. How­ever, jail au­thor­i­ties re­jected the claims of Sharma.

UT DIG Alok Ku­mar said, “Sharma did get into a fight with

JAIL AU­THOR­I­TIES DENY AL­LE­GA­TION; DIG MARKS AN IN­QUIRY AS TO HOW NIS­HANT WAS ABLE TO GET PHO­TO­COPIES OF HIS COM­PLAINT

a fel­low pris­oner, but Deshraj has noth­ing to do with the in­ci­dent.”

In­ter­est­ingly, Sharma had pho­to­copies of the de­tailed com­plaint against Deshraj Singh when he went to hospi­tal for treat­ment.

The DIG has now marked an in­quiry as to how the jail in­mate was able to get pho­to­copies of his com­plaint when there is no such fa­cil­ity on the prison premises.

The DIG said, “We are look­ing into who was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the pris­oner’s com­plaint pho­to­copied. An in­quiry has been ini­ti­ated to check the rea­son be­hind the en­tire drama.”

A se­nior jail of­fi­cial said, “There is 100% con­nivance of the staff that es­corted Sharma to the hospi­tal for get­ting pho­to­copies of his com­plaint.”

Sharma, who was brought to Government Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal, Sec­tor 32, al­leged that Deshraj, a triple-mur­der case ac­cused Suresh Ku­mar along with an­other per­son man­han­dled him af­ter in­ter­rupt­ing his prayer ses­sion.

Sharma also claimed that he was be­ing threat­ened by Deshraj. The jail au­thor­i­ties, how­ever, claimed that Sharma had a scuf­fle with co-pris­oner Suresh Ku­mar, but was falsely im­pli­cat­ing the IPS of­fi­cer.

When Sharma was es­corted by jail staff to the hospi­tal, blue patches due to blood clot­ting on his face were clearly vis­i­ble. His hand too was swathed in a ban­dage. Po­lice cor­doned off the area and re­strained me­di­a­per­sons from en­ter­ing the emer­gency. HIGH DRAMA AT GMCH-32

High drama was wit­nessed at GMCH-32 when Sharma was brought to the hospi­tal. Ugly scenes were wit­nessed as hospi­tal se­cu­rity had ar­gu­ments with pho­to­jour­nal­ists, who were de­nied en­try to emer­gency. Hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion said Sharma was thor­oughly ex­am­ined and he had suf­fered some su­per­fi­cial in­juries on his face. There was no deep in­jury.

KE­SHAV SINGH/HT

Bu­rail jail in­mate Nis­hant Sharma ar­riv­ing for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at GMCH-32 in Chandigarh on Tues­day.

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