Mumbai: Indrani Mukerjea among 39 woman prisoners to test Covid +ve | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Amid rising cases of Covid among prisoners across state, thirty-nine woman prisoners, including Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, have also tested positive for Covid. All 39 women at the Byculla Women’s Prison have been shifted to the ES Patanwala Urdu School at Byculla, a temporary prison set up for treating jail patients, said a senior prison officer.
The first positive case was reported from the women’s prison in May last year. “All positive inmates have been moved to temporary prison and treatment is on,” said Sunil Ramanand, additional director general of police, Prisons.
The Byculla jail premises has two prisons; one for men and the other for women. While it has an official capacity to accommodate 262 women, it houses more than 300. A woman inmate was found Covid positive and sent to JJ Hospital last week. However, due to shortage of beds she could not be admitted and was later sent to St George’s Hospital. The authorities took note of this situation and on Sunday carried out the Rapid Antigen Test on 225 inmates and 60 jail officials. “Thirty-nine women tested positive,” said the officer.
Mukerjea, ex-CEO of INX Media, is lodged at the Byculla jail since August 2015, when she was sent to judicial custody in connection with her role in the murder of her daughter, Sheena Bora.
Incidentally, Elgar Parishad case accused Shoma Sen and Sudha Bhardwaj who are lodged in the same jail have tested negative. “Sen’s husband Tushar Bhattacharya said he received her call at 2.50pm on April 19. She and later Sudha had mild symptoms after taking vaccine. But they have tested negative,” said a lawyer. However, Jyoti Jagtap, the 6th accused arrested by the NIA in the same case, is Covid positive.
The Bombay HC had recently passed orders in a suo motu PIL to tackle rising Covid cases in state prisons after 200 prisoners across 47 prisons had tested Covid positive till April 14.

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