A group of prisoners in the district jail of Varanasi allegedly set one of the barracks on fire and thrashed an inmate for cooperating with jail officials after last week’s clash between the prisoners with the prison staff, police said on Monday.
Harendra Singh was beaten up by a group of inmates who were furious with him for cooperating with the jail officials. The prisoners then also set one of the barracks on fire, circle officer (cant) Raj Kumar Yadav said.
The fire was extinguished on time, Yadav said.
Soon after the incident, a posse of police personnel was deployed in jail to bring the situation under control, he said.
Singh was reportedly close to former jail superintendent, Ashish Tiwari, whose transfer inmates had demanded last week.
Tiwari was shifted and BD Pandey took charge as the new superintendent of the district prison on Sunday.
Inmates of the district jail had gone on a rampage, seizing control of a section of the prison barracks following a clash with staff. They had also taken Tiwari hostage on Saturday.
The inmates turned violent after two of their prison mates were allegedly beaten up by guards. They were also unhappy over several issues, including the “poor quality” of food served at the prison. Tiwari was freed after seven hours in captivity following talks with the inmates.
District magistrate Raj Mani Yadav said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered to probe the entire incident and those responsible for the violence will not be spared.