Tihar gang war turns bloody
As many as eight inmates at Tihar Jail received serious injuries in a fight between two gangs in the Capital on Sunday. The police said the inmates used blades, iron strips and pipes in the fight.india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 00:50 IST
As many as eight inmates at Tihar Jail received serious injuries in a fight between two gangs in the Capital on Sunday.
The police said the inmates used blades, iron strips and pipes in the fight.
According to jail officials, the fight between the two groups started over sharing of corner space for sleeping inside barracks. The groups attacked each other twice inside the barracks and they later had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
The jail officials said that a group of four inmates — Manish, Mobinuddin, Nazim and Mohammad Mehfuz — all lodged in cases of dacoity in jail number 1 (Ward number 2), attacked another prisoner Rashid.
“They attacked him at around 6.30am while he was sleeping. Rashid is the sevadaar appointed by jail authorities and he also has the duty of deciding sleeping space in barracks,” said an official.
Rashid is in jail in connection with a murder case. Mehfuz is a convict while the other three are undertrials. They were shifted to this barrack on Saturday.
“We usually keep on changing their barracks. Rashid had reportedly attacked Mehfuz few days back,” said Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta.
The accused thrashed Rashid and when they realised that they would be booked, they inflicted injuries on themselves as well. The jail officials also said that Manish and the other three received injuries while they were being shifted into the Special Security Ward number 7 after the fight.
“At around 10.30 am, when we were shifting them to another ward Rashid’s friends attacked Manish and his accomplices,” said an official.
Officials said that Bhupinder (convict), Sachin and Irfaz (both undertrials) attacked Manish and his friends. They were all taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where they were provided treatment and discharged in the afternoon.
According to unconfirmed reports, Rashid had informed the jail superintendent around 15 days ago that Manish and members of his gang could attack him.
Gupta said the jail authorities were conducting an enquiry into the incident and CCTV footage is being analysed to know the chain of events.
“These kind of incidents take place between rival groups to show superiority over each other,” said a jail official.
After the incident, Manish and members of his gang were shifted to a high security ward (Ward number 2) while Rashid and the members of his gang have been lodged in Special Security ward (Ward number 7), where Manish and his men were attacked when being shifted. The security in the compound has been increased.
Both the groups have registered complaints against each other at Hari Nagar Police Station. Police are taking their statements and waiting for medical reports to register a case.
The police said a case for causing hurt would be lodged.