Pune: An undertrial killed soon after being released as part of jail decongestion due to COVID-19

ST Staff
Friday, 29 May 2020

Undertrial gets bail as part of COVID-19 decongestion in jails but killed within an hour of release

Pune: Nitin Shivaji Kasabe, 24, was killed on Wednesday night shortly after his release from Yerwada Prison as a part of an ongoing decongesting process to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The undertrial was reportedly attacked with sharp weapons by at least eight people within an hour he was released from the prison. This is the second murder Pune witnessed after the emergency release of a prisoner to curb the spread of the pandemic.

The 24-year-old was facing trial in an attempt to murder case. He was released on Wednesday at 9.30 pm on temporary bail, and less than an hour later, he was attacked in the Yerawada area and hacked to death over past enmity. 

Senior Inspector Yunus Shaikh of Yerawada police station has confirmed the booking of 16 people for the crime.

“He (Kasabe) was attacked by a group of people. The attack proved fatal. We believe the murder was a fallout of past rivalry. Sixteen persons have been booked in the offence… we have detained eight persons, and some of them will be subsequently placed under arrest. As part of the probe, we are checking CCTV cameras in the area where the incident took place,” Indian Express quoted Shaikh.

Kasabe was in prison for three months before he was released on Wednesday. According to the officials, the was granted bail earlier in the same case but was taken into custody for not complying a court order to attend the trial.

The Maharashtra government has announced the temporary release of over 17,000 inmates to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the congested prisons. Till Wednesday night, over 8,700 inmates had been released across the State.  

Last month, Munna Ishwar Chavan, 23, was released on emergency bail from Yerwada Prison. The Beed native, too, was found murdered on a footpath. An arrest had been made in the case’s connection.


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