Prisoner killed by fellow inmate in Yerawada jail

Pune: A 45-year-old prisoner died after he was allegedly hit on the head with a stone by a fellow inmate at the Yerawada central jail here this morning, police said.

The deceased, identified as Sukhdev Mehakarkar, was serving a three-and-half years jail term in a kidnapping and molestation case and had come to Yerawada Central Jail in April this year, said police.

“We have arrested fellow inmate, identified as Dinesh Dabade, who is a murder convict and serving a life term. He has been lodged in the jail for last eight years.

“The incident took place near the barrack this morning, when Mehakarkar was helping other inmates in writing letters to their families. Dabade came with a stone and hit him in the head killing him on the spot,” said a police officer attached to Yerawada police station.

The police officer said Mehakarkar and Dabade were given a duty in the kitchen a few days back and both had an argument over some petty issue inside the kitchen.

Police suspect that today’s incident could be a fallout of that argument.

“We have registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the IPC and Dabade has been arrested,” he said.