Local surety informally conveys to government he is backing out; Naik was to have been housed in a church premises in Guirim and do social work
PANJIM: Sentenced to life, Mahanand Naik’s joy of being released on ‘furlough’ for 21 days has hit a roadblock as his local surety has reportedly backed out, which means that the serial killer will have to find a new security. Herald has exclusive information that the ‘surety’ who had assured to accept Naik’s responsibility has decided to opt out and approach the government conveying his fresh decision.
A Secretariat source disclosed that the local surety, whose identity has been kept under wraps by Herald, had informed the government that since Naik’s family has refused to accept him, the former would house the convict in a church premises at Guirim to carry out social work.
“The local security had earlier volunteered to be Naik’s local surety but he has informally informed the authorities that he would not like to be one. We do not know why he has changed his decision and neither will anyone persuade him to revert. A formal communication is, however, awaited,” the source said.
Earlier this year, the Prison’s Committee had recommended Naik’s furlough for 28 days, which was shortened to 21 days by Inspector General of Prisons Rajendra Mirajkar with a condition to execute a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and surety in the like amount giving cash or otherwise. On May 29th the condition was challenged by Naik in the High Court of Bombay at Goa that granted him ‘parole’ on personal bond of Rs 1 lakh instead of Rs 1 lakh in cash.
Considering his good behavior since his sentence period of 8.4 years, the Prisons Committee had decided to ‘award’ him furlough. The IGP had approved this only after a police report from North SP Chandan Chaudhary. “His conduct in the jail has been good based on the reports filed by the committee. There are some other convicts in the list too,” the source revealed.
The conditions after a thorough examination were following SP Chaudhary’s report to the Prisons Department on April 11. While the report does not include objections/complaints from any individual or association, it certainly mentions that Naik’s “furlough may not be considered”.
The district police had apprehended that Naik, touted as dupatta killer, might take advantage of the furlough and not surrender before the jail authorities.
Government sources also stated that the police department usually objects to the release of a prisoner, however, this is not done directly.
Doing the job of an electrician and pump operator, Naik is a convict for offence registered under Sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping or abducting for the purpose of murder), 392 (robbery) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. He is serving life imprisonment and fine of Rs 1.30 lakh for murder. The local has not paid the fine amount as yet.