A group of undertrials led by a Maoist leader and a Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militant clashed with police at a prison in West Bengal on Saturday over poor facilities in the jail.
Many of the inmates of Malda Correctional Home in north Bengal got injured in the clash and were admitted in the jail hospital.
The incident occurred after the group of prisoners had a heated exchange with the policemen over the lack of facilities.
Later, the war of words led to a scuffle and the situation turned grave with the police resorting to heavy baton charge to disperse the irate jailbirds.
"It was a minor skirmish between inmates and the jail officials who were demanding some facilities in jail. The situation initially became violent but later it was taken under control after the police used baton and dispersed the disgruntled prisoners," West Bengal Minister for Social Welfare and Jail Biswanath Chowdhury told IANS.
According to Malda jail sources, tension was brewing since on Friday as the inmates had been constantly demanding better facilities for them.
Jail officials said undertrial Maoist leader Animesh Chakraborty and KLO militant Malkhand Singh attacked the police which led to baton charge.