Taloja jail inmate dies of COVID-19, kin allege negligence

Taloja jail inmate dies of COVID-19, kin allege negligence

Mumbai, May 7 (PTI) A 22-year-old undertrial lodged in
Navi Mumbai”s Taloja jail has died of COVID-19 at a hospital,
even as his family members alleged that the negligence of
prison authorities led to his death.

The prisoner, identified as Vishal Anand Dasari, died
at St George Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday morning, a jail
official said.

Dasari was first admitted to Mumbai”s J J Hospital on
April 30 before being shifted to St George Hospital after
testing positive for the viral infection, he said.

He was lodged in jail since 2018 in a case under the
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

Dasari”s relative Aneesh Bharti said, “Of late, he had
been complaining of throat pain and uneasiness whenever his
family members called him in jail. However, the jail
authorities neglected his condition and did not bother about
him. They have no concern for the health of prisoners.”

“We have lost our family member…He wanted to come
home, but now he is no more,” he added.

Meanwhile, one more Taloja jail prisoner has tested
COVID-19 positive and admitted to St George Hospital, while
another inmate, who is asymptomatic, has been quarantined
inside the prison, sources in the jail said.

Taloja jail superintendent Kaustubh Kurlekar confirmed
that Dasari died of COVID-19 and another prisoner has been
hospitalised after testing positive.

Dr Ranjit Mankeshawar, dean of J J Hospital, said,
“The deceased (Dasari) was first admitted to J J Hospital, but
was shifted to St George Hospital after testing positive for
coronavirus and he died due to the infection on Wednesday
morning.”

Earlier, poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused in
Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, had complained against the
health facilities at Taloja jail, where he was lodged.

Rao had stated in an affidavit submitted to a court
that there were only three Ayurvedic practitioners to address
the health issues faced by the inmates, and that there are no
teamnurses, pharmacists or medical specialists to attend to
the prisoners at Taloja prison hospital.

The Bombay High Court has earlier asked the
Maharashtra prison authorities to provide details of
availability of qualified medical teamand health workers in
jail hospitals after it was informed about the deaths of
prisoners and jail teamin the second wave of COVID-19. PTI
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