In a bizarre incident, a Tihar inmate allegedly chewed off a finger of his partner-in-crime after an argument over payment.
Police said both were arrested in connection with a robbery case and lodged in jail number 2 of Tihar. They apparently had an argument over paying their lawyer after which one of them identified as Rafiq chewed off the other's finger.
The victim, Mijan (25), is a native of Bangladesh.
"Both were arrested in 2007 in a robbery case under Vasant Kunj police station. Around 6 pm on November 25, they had an argument over paying the lawyer. In a fit of rage, Rafiq chewed off half of Mijan's right index finger," a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity.
Sources said Rafiq had been demanding money from Mijan for quite some time. "We first thought it was a case of extortion. Later, Mijan said in his statement that Rafiq wanted money to pay the lawyer who is fighting their case," the officer said.
A case has been registered at the Hari Nagar police station of west Delhi under Section 326 (causing grievous hurt) of IPC.
Mijan was sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital from where he was sent to Safdarjung Hospital.
"The Tihar jail authorities informed us about the incident. Mijan's medical report pointed out grievous injuries and he was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital. Since Rafiq is already behind bars, we took permission from court to arrest him again in this case," the officer said.
After the incident, the jail authorities separated them.
The police said complaints of violence in Tihar have become regular. Days after this incident, a prisoner was found dead in mysterious circumstances in the jail complex. The police are now probing the role of fellow prisoners and jail staff.
A murder case was registered after the initial post-mortem report said the inmate might have died due to consumption of some poisonous substance. The inmate, Sheru, was convicted in a murder case in Jahangirpuri in 2008.