Kush Kataria’s killer Ayush Pugalia murdered in prison

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Sep 2017 11:25:20


Staff Reporter,

■ The murder puts a question mark on the jail adminstraion

■ An altercation leads to murder of Ayush Pugalia

■ Magisterial inquiry begins into the case

AYUSH Nirmal Pugalia (27), convict in brutal murder and kidnapping of eight-year-old Kush Kataria,was murdered in Central Jail on Monday morning. Suraj Sheshrao Kotnake (24), a fellow convict,has claimed to have killed Ayush, said police. Kotnake first smashed a heavy tile on Ayush’s head and later slit his throat with a sharp weapon made of an utensil in the jail latrine.Investigators suspect that the murder is the fall out of an altercation between Pugalia and Kotnake.Apoliceofficer,who visited the spot,informed that Suraj Kotnake,aresident of Gadchandur village in Chandrapur district, was a convict in the murder case.

Both Pugalia and Kotnake were lodged in Barrack no.5 along with about 50 prisoners. Police have learnt that an altercation took place between the duo during last week after Kotnake accidentally pushed Pugalia. During the altercation, Kotnake and Pugalia abused each other and doledout threats.Since last one week both were eyeing each other and waiting for an opportunity to teach other a lesson. On early Monday morning,the duo had an argument when Pugalia was on way to latrine.

As per Kotnake’s claim Pugalia had hurled filthy abuses at him, after which he decided to eliminate Pugalia. The barrack has about 20 toilets and bathroom in two rows. Pugalia and Kotnake were attending the nature’s call at around 6.30 am and an argument again ensued between them.

Both were abusing each other loudly while sitting in the toilet. Suddenly, inafitofrage, Kotnake came out from the toilet and grabbed a tile and smashed it on Ayush’s head and fled.

The blow was powerful as Pugalia fell partially unconscious in the toilet. Soon, Kotnake returned with an unidentifiedsharpweaponmade ofanutensilandallegedlyslit the throat of Pugalia. Other prisoners who heard screams of Pugalia raised an alarm and started shouting ‘Maar Diya, Maar Diya’ (Killed, Killed). After hearing screams of prisoners, PrisonWardens rushed to the spot and took Kotnake in custody. Body of Pugalia was lying in the pool of blood on the toilet floor.

Blood was oozing from Pugalia’s throat when prisoners noticed him,the police have stated. Pugalia was taken to the Jail Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. The jail administration informed police at 9 am and also intimated about the murder to office of District Magistrate. The District Magistrate has appointed a magistrate to inquire into the murder of Ayush Pugalia. The City Magistrate arrived at the jailata round 3 pm and performed in quest panchanama which was videographed.The body was sent to GMCH for autopsy at 5.30pm.

Brothers for CBI inquiry NAVIN and Nitin Pugalia, brothers of deceased Ayush Pugalia, arrived at Central Jail and claimed that had Jail Administration been alert, the incident could have been averted. They claimed that Ayush feared threat to his lifeand had narrated it to their mother when they met him on Friday. “Ayush was very upset and was constantly saying that he feared for his life from other jail in mates,” they further claimed.

Pugalia brothers wondered why jail administration lodged Kotnake and Ayush in same barracks despite knowing well about their altercation. Alleging contract killing in Ayush’s murder, his brothers have demanded an inquiry by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to unravel the truth.

Investigation begins MEANWHILE, Dhantoli Police received a formal complaint from Prison Administration in the murder of Ayush Pugalia.Meantime, City Magistrate visited the Central Jail and per formed inquest panchanama was performed which was videographed.

Now, police would have to move an application before competent authority, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) seeking permission to secure custody of Suraj Kotnake for interrogation. Meanwhile, Dhantoli police registered a case against Kotnake under Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code