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Indrani Mukerjea's claim of being beaten up in Byculla jail true, doctor says

Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea's allegation of being beaten up by Byculla prison officials appears to be true, a senior medical officer of the state-run JJ Hospital said on Thursday.

Indrani, booked for rioting in the women's prison here along with other inmates, two days back alleged that she was beaten up by jail officials and threatened of sexual assault after the death of a convict led to protest in the prison.

The former media executive's lawyer later filed an application in a CBI court here alleging that Indrani was verbally abused by jail officials and the superintendent and was threatened of sexual assault for protesting against the death in jail.

Special CBI judge J C Jagdale on Wednesday said that Indrani be first taken for a medical examination and later to a police station to file her complaint.

According to police, following the death of woman convict Manju Govind Shette (45) on June 23, the enraged inmates rose in protest the next day, some of them went up to the prison's roof, while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger.

Later, the Nagpada police booked nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla jail, including Indrani, for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Indrani also said that she had witnessed the woman prisoner being allegedly assaulted. She said when she first enquired about Shette's health (prior to her death), she was told that the convict was fine. However, later Indrani learnt that Shette died.