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Naini Central Jail a powder keg waiting to explode

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 00:11 IST
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THE HIGH-SECURITY Naini Central Jail is teetering on the edge of a gang war.

The reason: Some sharpshooters and gang lords from Purvanchal, including Sujeet Belwa and Rajesh Yadav, have been lodged in the jail.

Besides, some members of a gang led by a local criminal-turned-MP whose words are considered  command inside the jail even when he is out on bail are in the same jail.

According to some insiders,  a few jail officials were hand in glove with the MP.

Thus, they have allowed B class facilities to his men even though they are not entitled to it.

B class facilities are meant only for political detainees. But there are no such persons inside the jail.

As a result, the B class facilities are being provided to politician’s musclemen , obviously with the tacit support of some jail officials. Several criminals who could not avail this facility have reportedly objected to its extension to the MPs men in writing to the jail authorities but to no avail. If sources are to believed, even Sujeet Belwa has managed to get B class facility recently but he is still considered close to  the Purvanchal gang.

There have been occasions when undertrials belonging to two camps have come to blows on one issue or the other. Also, the Jaish-e- Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants recently fought a bloody war in their special cell and had to be given medical help for the injuries they sustained.

Sources said recently Rajesh Yadav had virtually come to exchange of blows with the MP’s men but the situation was brought under control.

When the MP’s men were reportedly thrashing an undertrial, Rajesh tried to stop them. He was also reportedly involved in a spat with the MP’s brother who, too, was in the jail in connection with a murder.

Sensing danger to his life inside the jail, Rajesh reportedly wrote about it to the jail authorities and managed to send a copy of his complaint to mediapersons..

Bottles of liquor, mobile chargers and food from outside were found inside the jail during a raid carried out by district magistrate Amrit Abhijat and former SSP Sunil Kumar six months ago. So the possibility of arms being smuggled into the jail by members of both the gangs cannot be ruled out, the sources say. Resentment would continue to simmer inside the jail as long as jail authorities remain biased in their dealings with undertrials and criminals, sources further say. Kamlesh Singh, who has been awarded life imprisonment by a lower court, was caught red handed having fun inside a building in Civil Lines late last night. He was admitted to the SRN hospital for some ailment under the care of the jail guards.

The Civil Lines police which nabbed Kamlesh lodged cases against him and the two jail guards. While these issues were raised before jail superintendent RP Singh, he accepted that there was tension inside the jail and a gang war was possible. But he added, “We are keeping a close watch on the situation and will not allow it to happen.”  On the issue of B class facilities he said that the same was given to political prisoners. He said that there was nothing wrong if some undertrials stayed in the same barrack that was earlier occupied by MP Ateeq Ahmad. But the undertrials were not being provided with the facilities given to Ateeq Ahmad, he added.