Shailza killer Major Nikhil Handa thrashed in prison van, says has threat to life

Nikhil Handa beaten up

The Hush Post: Major Nikhil Rai Handa, accused of murdering another Army Major’s wife Shailza Dwivedi has been allegedly beaten up. He was beaten up en route to Tihar jail in a prison van.

Now, he has moved an application in a city court, alleging he was “beaten up.” The incident took place on July 3, when he was produced in Patiala House Court.

Lawyer representing Sanjeev Sahay alleged, “He was beaten up by some inmates and it seems there is a bigger issue involved. We have moved an application raising his security concerns and asked for a separate cell and van for his transportation.”

Metropolitan Magistrate Manisha Tripathi directed jail authorities to file a reply. Deputy Superintendent of Central Jail numbers 8-9 confirmed that Handa was “manhandled and misbehaved with.” However, there is no reference to an instance of beating in the jail report. The superintendent also said the Major has been told not to come out of his ward without permission.

“Undertrial prisoner Handa was called and heard, where he informed that he was misbehaved with and manhandled by some unknown inmates in the jail van… the accused is now lodged in Reception Ward meant for new inmates, and no other inmate from any other ward is permitted to be there… However, in view of his safety and security, he has been asked not to come out of his cell without permission or reason,” said the jail superintendent.

Jail authorities said, Handa has been asked to inform jail staff whenever he feels apprehension of any kind. Stating that the staff has also been briefed to keep vigil for ensuring safe and secure custody, the superintendent responded, “The accused is safe and threat perception inside the jail has been brought to the notice of the jail administration till Friday.”

Tihar authorities said a copy of the application has been sent to DCP 3rd Batallion for the Major’s safety, as transportation of inmates fall under their ambit.

Handa was detained an subsequently put under arrest from Meerut after Shailza Dwivedi, wife of Major Amit Dwivedi, was found dead on June 23 near Delhi Cantonment Metro station.

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