Two inmates serving life sentences at Tihar Jail have claimed that the prison authorities gave them weapons to murder two former senior officials of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) lodged in the prison with them.
In an application to chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Vinod Yadav, Amit and Nishant, who are facing trial in a murder case, have said, "The jail authorities inside jail number 4 and ward number 11 approached us with weapons on December 20, 2010, and asked us to murder the two Commonwealth Games officials lodged in the jail with us."
On personally meeting the judge, the inmates identified the officials as TS Darbari and Sanjay Mahendroo, who are lodged in Tihar following corruption charges.
The inmates were produced at the Saket court complex for hearing in their case but they requested for a meeting with the magistrate to submit an application.
Their application stated, "The jail officials threatened us with dire consequences if we do not comply with their orders. We are also receiving threats to our life inside the jail premises."
Amit's mother Munni Devi has also filed an application in the magistrate's court claiming her son and Pawan were being threatened inside the jail.
The application also claimed that a Delhi police official, who had come to the prison on Monday, recovered the knife from their cell. But they have not identified the officer before the magistrate.
"The country-made pistol that was given to us was displaced by the jail authorities. We seek the court's help to protect us from this ongoing exploitation at Tihar," the application read.
Following this, the judge has directed the station house officer of the Hari Nagar police station to file a report in the incident and investigate the claims of the Tihar inmates.
Sunil Gupta, PRO of Tihar Jail, told Hindustan Times, "These are hardcore criminals lodged in high security jail. No weapon was recovered from the jail premises and their application is a farce. There was no conspiracy."