5 accused of 1993 blast convict’s killing in jail sent to cop custody | India News – Times of India


KOLHAPUR: The Kolhapur court on Saturday awarded eight-day police custody to the five men accused of murdering a 1993 Bombay serial blast convict inside the Kalamba Central Jail on June 2.
Munna, alias Adil Khan alias Manojkumar Bhavarlal Gupta, who was convicted for helping Tiger Memon – the 1993 serial blast’s key accused – collect a shipment of arms and ammunition brought for the blasts, was killed by five Kalamba jail inmates.The five attacked were identified as Saurabh Sidh, Bablu alias Sandip Shankar Chavan, Pratik alias Pilya Patil, Ruturaj alias Deja Inamdar and Dipak Netaji Khot. They had battered Munna with a concrete and iron cover of a drainage hole.
The prison department has initiated an internal inquiry and has decided to step up security, especially for the other four convicts of the 1993 Bombay serial bomb blast case.
The police had requested custody of the five accused against whom various cases are under hearing in different courts. After getting permission from the courts, police took the inmates from the jail and produced them before a local court. The cops wanted permission to interrogate them for Munna’s murder. The court agreed and granted eight days of police custody.
A senior officer said while witness statements have already been recorded, the real motive of the murder will be known once the five accused are interrogated. After the murder, all five accused were lodged in the anda cell separately.
Munna was a habitual absconder and a criminal who had escorted Tiger Memon in a four-wheeler from Mumbai to Raigad for the Shekhadi landing of a huge cache of arms, ammunition, hand grenades and RDX before the March 12, 1993, blasts. He also helped in the transportation of the arms back to Mumbai (then Bombay). He had completed his original 14-year sentence and was out of prison since 2007 when the Supreme Court (SC) enhanced it to a life term.
The Kolhapur police and jail authorities claim the five accused held a grudge against Munna for a long time over some issues.

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