December 8, 2016 12:18:03 am
A SPECIAL court has directed J J Hospital to conduct an independent medical examination of a 2006 Malegaon blasts undertrial, who has alleged assault by Arthur Road jail officials. Manohar Narwaria has said that on December 2, he was hit by four jail officials on his hands, head and feet. His lawyer, Prashant Maggu, was apprised of the assault on Saturday, December 3, after which another lawyer representing them went to jail to speak with Narwaria.
An application alleging custodial torture was moved on Monday by Maggu before special NIA Judge V V Patil. The court issued a warrant for the jail authorities to produce Narwaria on Monday but this was not done, Maggu said.
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On Wednesday, the court ordered for Narwaria to be produced via video-conference link immediately. Maggu said that when Narwaria was brought before the court through the video link, both his hands were in a cast. “The judge ordered for him to be produced in person.
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He was brought to court at 4.30 pm and an in-camera statement recorded, in which Narwaria told the court about the assault, naming four persons whom he had recognised,” Maggu said. Narwaria said other jail staff members too were involved in the assault, and that he was not given food and medical help.
“The court on perusing the severity of the wounds has directed an independent medical probe into the nature of his injuries. It has also sought all the medical papers relating to the assault and medical assistance to Narwaria at J J Hospital immediately,” Maggu said.
Narwaria and Dhan Singh, two of the accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, are lodged at Arthur Road jail. The court is yet to frame charges in the case with the next hearing scheduled for Friday.
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