DG (Tihar) Sandeep Goel said the former MP had contracted the virus on April 20, after which he was admitted to DDU hospital in New Delhi.
Former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Shahabuddin passed away on Saturday. He was being treated at the DDU hospital in New Delhi after testing positive for Covid-19.
Sources told The Indian Express this morning that Shahabuddin was in critical condition and doctors were planning to shift him to the LNJP hospital.
DG (Tihar) Sandeep Goel said Shahabuddin, serving a life sentence for murder in Tihar jail, had contracted the virus on April 20, after which he was admitted to DDU hospital. “Information has been received from DDU Hospital about death of Mohd Shahabuddin. He was suffering from Covid-19 and was admitted in DDU Hospital on April 20,” Goel said on Saturday.
Data provided by the Tihar Jail authorities till April 23 revealed that the prison has 227 active cases among jail inmates and 60 among jail staff, including a jail superintendent and two prison doctors. Four inmates have died of Covid-19 to date, officials said.
Recently, gangster Chhota Rajan and former JNU student Umar Khalid, both of who are in Tihar, had tested positive for the virus.
“Currently there are around 20,000 prisoners in Tihar. As many as 241 inmates and 60 staff have tested positive since March. Recently, the Tihar Jail administration also decided to cancel meetings between prisoners and their family members following a surge in Covid-19 cases in Delhi,” an official said, adding that the Tihar administration is now planning to grant parole to some of the inmates to decongest the jail.
Source: The Indian Express