Paramilitaries called to UP jail after prisoner's death sparks riots
The district jail in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad literally turned into a battleground late on Saturday night after the inmates assaulted jail staffers, alleging that their negligence led to the death of one of their fellow inmates.
The prisoners also took the jail captive for over 24 hours before the paramilitary forces, along with the local police, managed to get the command back on Sunday afternoon.
It all began after a murder convict, who is serving a life term, fell ill on Saturday evening.
Family members mourn the death of Farrukhabad prison inmate Rajendra outside the jail on Sunday. The inmates charged that the jail staff took around five hours to provide medical care for the deceased prisoner
The inmates charged that the jail staff took around five hours to provide medical care to Rajendra, the deceased prisoner.
As soon as the doctors at the jail hospital declared that Rajendra had been brought dead, more than 800 inmates of the jail started shouting slogans against Jail Superintendent Kailash Prasad.
The situation worsened further when the inmates climbed on to the roof of the barracks and started pelting stones at the jail staff.
They also broke the halogen bulbs in the compound and injured about a dozen jail wardens. The irate inmates also set a few barracks on fire.
“We reached the jail premises around 3am along with a huge battery of troops. Initially, we tried to pacify the inmates, but later we were forced to use the force to control the situation,” Assistant Superintendent of Police R.B. Chaurasiya told mediapersons.
The police also fired several rounds in the air to control the mob, and it took more than 15 hours to normalise the situation.
“Three inmates were injured in the operation. While one was referred to a hospital in Kanpur, the other two are being treated in the jail hospital.
"The situation is under control as of now,” Chaurasiya said.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against the jailor, jail superintendent and nine wardens by the district administration after the inmates handed a written complaint to the Additional District Magistrate Prabhunath.
“A magisterial inquiry has been ordered” Prabhunath said.
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