Suspected activists of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), currently lodged at the Bhopal Central Jail, have petitioned local courts in Bhopal, alleging that they have been denied basic services.
Kin of four inmates — Mohd Jubair, Mohd Javed, Mohd Adil and Mohd Irfan — submitted affidavits before the judicial magistrate (first class) court that they were neither allowed to bathe nor were they being given food on time.
In their application filed by advocate Parvez Alam, it has also been alleged that they were neither given proper clothes nor given sufficient bed sheets. They have been wearing the same clothes for a month, the application said.
The inmates also said they were “living in fear and are apprehensive about the future” due to harassment by jail staff, particularly after eight other suspected SIMI members, who were lodged in the same jail and later broke prison, were killed in an encounter.
Alam said the court has ordered the jail to file a detailed explanation before the court by December 19. He said similar applications and affidavits were filed before the district and sessions court as well.
Meanwhile, director general of jails Sanjay Chaudhary on Thursday said agitations by inmates of central jails in Bhopal, Indore, Satna, Gwalior and Jabalpur have now been controlled.
The undertrial inmates at these jails were protesting following a December 9 order by the DG Jail banning the entry of all items, including food, clothes and luxury items, from private sources and inmates’ kin.
“While discontent among the jail inmates had already been contained in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Satna central jails, the agitation at Jabalpur central jail too halted on Thursday,” Chaudhary told Hindustan Times. “Following demands by jail inmates for allowing vegetables, pickles and other things brought by private sources or relatives for them at jail, we’ve decided enrich the diet given to the inmates with proper salad and pickles,” he said.
“It has also been decided in principal to give inmates four more pair of clothes in addition to the equal number of clothes already being given to them,” he said.
He, however, categorically denied that beedis or other tobacco products are being made available at jail canteens on demand of inmates.