A convict in the Jaipur central jail has claimed he was beaten up and branded with iron rods by the jailor and two other prison staff. A local court on Wednesday directed the Jaipur commissioner to launch a probe into the incident.
The prisoner, Imran Khan alias Mowgli, 25, was produced in the district and sessions court on Wednesday in connection with a case in which he is accused of orchestrating an attack on the house of Prahlad Gangwal, a head constable at the Jaipur jail in 2014.
Khan, who was waiting at the court premises for the hearing, denied any involvement. He showed his back and arms on which there were lacerations and the names Prithvi Singh and Bhanwar Singh emblazoned on his back.
According to Imran, jailor Prithvi Singh, chief jailor Bhanwar Singh and constable Piru Singh — Gangwal’s brother — were harassing him in the jail and threatened to take revenge for the attack on Gangwal’s house.
When he produced his alleged injuries in the court, the judge mentioned in the order sheet that the prisoner be taken for a medical check-up and ordered a probe, said Khan’s laywer Abdul Salam.
Police however said that Khan is a hardened criminal and that he has been serving life imprisonment since 2007 in a murder case.
DG jails, Ajit Singh said Khan had been moved to several jails as he would create trouble and get involved in fights and illegal activities. On the alleged beating by police, Singh asked why the staff would leave their names on his back and implicate themselves if they had indeed attacked Khan.
He did not rule out the possibility that Khan and his accomplices in jail had staged the entire incident. “However we will question the jail staff and prisoners to find out the truth,” he said.
Former Jaipur jail superintendent AR Niazi said Khan was mentally disturbed and very shrewd. “He committed two murders when he was out on parole,” said Niazi.