By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Locked away with hardened criminals and chronic offenders at Arthur Road Jail, Suraj Pancholi seems to be coping well with his condition.
On Saturday, Suraj’s sister Sana visited him in prison. To the family’s relief, the boy seemed to be in a good mental and physical health.
Says a friend of the Pancholis, “Sana went with a lot of dread and despair in her heart. She came away hopeful, and confident that her brother would soon be out and free.”
Apparently, Suraj assured his sister of his condition.
“The other inmates are completely sympathetic about the young inexperienced unprepared Suraj’s sudden incarceration They have sort of adopted Suraj. They give him their share of food, look after him and protect him against any prison violence,” informs the family friend, adding, “Suraj knows his father is in a panic about the crisis. He told Sana to tell their father, ‘I’m didn’t do anything. They’re saying I confessed to beating her (Jiah) up and many awful crimes. None of this is the truth. I didn’t do anything wrong. And I didn’t confess to anything.’
Meanwhile, the view that the 6-page letter which Jiah’s mother gave out to the police as Jiah’s alleged suicide note is not authentic, is gaining credence. The alleged suicide note and some of the letters that Jiah wrote to Suraj has been given over to the government-recognized forensic company Helik Advisory for hand-writing authentication.
“The Pancholis are confident that the handwriting in the alleged suicide note would be found to be different from the handwriting in the letters that Jiah wrote to Suraj,” says the friend of the Pancholis.