CBI arrests two former jail officials of Tihar jail in gangster Ankit Gujjar murder case
The CBI arrested Dinesh Dabas, suspended assistant superintendent and Deepak Chikara, suspended head warden who were found involved in the thrashing of Gujjar and the alleged conspiracy to kill him after receiving money from his brother
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the assistant superintendent and jail warder of Tihar Jail in the murder of gangster Ankit Gujjar.
Ankit Gujjar was found dead inside Tihar Jail in 2021 and the role of prison officials had come to the fore for extortion and alleged conspiracy to eliminate him.
The CBI arrested Dinesh Dabas, suspended assistant superintendent and Deepak Chikara, suspended head warden.
The CBI had arrested former deputy superintendent of Tihar Jail, Narender Meena last month.
As per the case details, following the recovery of a phone and other contraband from Gujjar’s cell in August last year, he was instructed to be shifted to another ward, which the gangster allegedly resisted, leading to a fight with deputy superintendent Meena.
Gujjar and two other inmates were allegedly beaten up by the jail staff and Gujjar later died in his cell.
After the incident, Meena, two assistant superintendents and a jail warder were suspended by the jail administration.
Gujjar, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat, had allegedly killed BJP leader Vijay Pandit outside his Dadri home in 2014 along with three other associates and was arrested in 2015. His name has also cropped up in 22 other cases, including eight cases of murder and extortion.
The CBI, in a report before the Delhi High Court, has said that Gujjar was illegally using a mobile phone number inside the jail to contact his family and friends to make requests for transfer of payments to various persons, including jail officers.
The mobile number was used in 10 different handsets, according to the CBI, between June and August 2021 while Gujjar was in judicial custody in Tihar. One person received Rs 3.50 lakh from three different men “in the months of June-July 2021 for delivering to jail staff on behalf of Ankit Gujjar”, the report said.
It also mentions the name of two head warders of Central Jail 3 to whom the money was allegedly delivered.
Gujjar’s brother had transferred Rs 1.44 through Paytm, routed through different people and ultimately allegedly reached either other inmates or jail staff.
The Delhi High Court Court had transferred the murder case to the CBI after hearing the petition filed by Gujjar’s mother Geeta.
The CBI, in its report, said they examined 113 witnesses in the case and the probe focused on the murder of Gujjar, negligence in providing him medical treatment, connivance of a jail official in not allowing the police to enter the jail, non-functioning of CCTV cameras, and also the demand of money by jail officials.