The prison’s lack of key resources came into spotlight after Monday when it reported two deaths of undertrial prisoners. Both were reportedly depressed and were found hanging in their cells. “There are nearly 900 posts of warders of which about 250 are lying vacant. Of the 180 posts of head warders, 30 are yet to be filled,” said the source. Around 35 posts of doctors are lying vacant as well, he added.
“Ideally, there should be at least one guard to watch over seven inmates. Right now, we have one guard for 15 inmates,” said the source.
On Thursday, undertrial Reshma (29) was found dead by a matron when her cellmates were away at work. Reshma, who faced kidnapping charges, had reportedly hanged herself from an iron bar of the ventilator in her cell in Tihar’s sub-jail six.
On Monday, gang rape accused Ram Singh was found hanging from a metal grill that worked as a ceiling by a jail warder. His three cellmates were sleeping when the incident took place.