Undertrial in jail for 33 years

FATEHPUR (U.P.): In another case of delayed justice, an undertrial has been languishing in a prison in Uttar Pradesh for over 33 years with both the complainant and witnesses in the case having passed away. Devi Prasad, a resident of Gazipur township in the district, was arrested and lodged as an undertrial for allegedly murdering his wife in 1973, police sources said. He was later shifted to the Varanasi jail and his family had also given him up for dead, the sources said.

However, his brother Pitambar, who got information that Mr. Prasad was lodged in jail, met him recently, though the latter failed to recognise his relative. ``He was 24 when he was jailed and today he is neither mentally nor physically fit after spending almost his entire life behind bars,'' Mr. Pitambar said. PTI