The Korba police have registered a case against the jail Superintendent GS Markam and a guard for their alleged role in the Katghora Sub Jail mayhem that occurred on Monday in which the inmates clashed with a raiding police team injuring one ASI and a cameraman and had taken control of the prison.
The police on the complaints of the injured ASI JS Kanwar have also registered a case against 50 inmates under section 147,148,149,323,332,353 of the IPC mentioning the notorious criminal Hiralal Patel and seven others in the FIR. The district administration has ordered for a magisterial inquiry.
The incident occurred after a police party led by City Superintendent of Police RK Sahu went to inspect the jail on Monday afternoon.
According to the police, the police party had gone to investigate a case of extortion threat issued allegedly by an inmate to a businessman Mukesh Agarwal of Bankimongra. "The investigation had led us to the Katghora jail from where a hardened criminal Harish Patel issued threatening calls demanding a sum of Rs 50000 from a mobile phone registered in the name of a jail guard Sandeep," informed ASP Sujit Kumar.
The ASP alleged the jail authorities provoked the inmates to attack his team after recovery of illegal items like mobile phones from the prisoners. "We had recovered the mobile phone from which the threatening calls were made. But the inmates provoked by the jail authorities attacked the police team. The inmates have done this in connivance with the jail superintendent," alleged Sujit Kumar.
Defending himself, the jail superintendent refuted the charges leveled against him and stated that he and his staff had fully cooperated with the visiting police party. But the situation went out of control due to the highhandedness of the police alleged Markam. "The intense interrogation and use of abusive language by the police authorities provoked the prisoners," accused Markam.
However, The district administration and the jail authorities have ordered for separate inquiries in the matter.