A jail inmate was killed and two others injured in firing between the prisoners of Mathura district jail on Saturday afternoon, police Agra said. Senior officials, including the deputy inspector general of police, Laxmi Singh, have rushed to Mathura. Investigations are on and the exact reasons behind the shocking shoot-out on the jail premises are being ascertained.
Prisoner Akshay Solanki was killed while Rajesh Tota, (a dreaded criminal arrested on murder charges) and another inmate Raj Kumar Sharma were injured after inmates clashed with each other over some issue, police said.
The injured had been admitted to Mathura district hospital, police said, adding that a detailed report of the incident was awaited.
Meanwhile, in Hathras, local markets closed down in reaction to the firing, as rumours spread that the deceased was a resident of Hathras. Senior officials rushed to the markets to pacify the people and informed them that the inmate from Hathras was admitted to the hospital after suffering an injury in the leg.
DIG Agra range Laxmi Singh informed that the shoot-out took place in barrack no 6 of Mathura jail. “One person who died has been identified as Akshay Solanki, while two others have been injured and admitted to hospital,” the DIG told HT.
Police are investigating how the arms reached the barrack and the reason behind the shoot-out.
The jail authorities have launched an extensive search operation after the shoot-out.
Prima facie, the shoot-out is believed to be the fall-out of enmity between injured Rajesh Tota and members of the gang of Brajesh Mawi, who was killed recently.
It may be recalled that Brajesh Mawi was shot dead, allegedly by Rajesh Tota and his associates, a few days back. The body of Brajesh Mawi could not be recovered but the blame was passed on to Tota, presently in the Mathura district jail.
The injured Rajesh Tota is reported to have blamed the jail authorities for the attack. With this killing and shoot-out in a barrack of the district jail, the Mathura police have turned more alert to avoid any further blood bath in gang war.
The senior police officials are working on different aspects of the case and interrogating others in the jail to get to the bottom of the matter.