A clash between two rival groups in the high-security Arthur Road jail around 8.30pm on Monday has left five inmates injured, said jail officials, adding that one of the accused involved in the fight is a former member of the D-gang.
According to jail officials, Muddassar Ismail Ansari, 30, Sarvar Maksud Khan, 32, and Suleman Mehmood Patel assaulted Vishal Chndrashekar Amkar, 31, and Murgan Mani Nadar, 52.
“They attacked Amkar and Nadar with a kapri [a sharp weapon made from aluminium plate and tin sheet],” said deputy commissioner of police (Zone III) S Jaykumar.
While the jail staff conducts checks every 24 hours, senior officials said the inmates are skillful and must have made the weapon within a day, said jail officials.
“While Amkar sustained injuries to his cheeks, chest and left thigh, Nadar sustained injuries from his lower lip to chest,” said Jaykumar.
Muddasar sustained a head injury and a self-inflicted injury on his wrist, said jail officials.
The jail authority said they used reasonable force to control the fight. The situation was brought under control within seven minutes, said jail officials, adding that the attack took place “at the spur of the moment”. The scuffle broke out in circle number seven, which is occupied by 900 undertrials.
The injured inmates have been admitted to JJ Hospital.
Explaining the sequence of events, a source said, around 8.30pm, the jail authorities let the inmates out of the barracks. “Amkar was exercising outside his barrack. Khan, who was passing by Akram, kept staring at him. This angered Amkar and led to a brawl between the two,” said the source.
Khan then returned to his barrack and brought along Ansari and Patel. The trio then started assaulting Amkar. “Nadar, who shares a barrack with Amkar, intervened to save Amkar, but was injured in the fight instead,” said the source.
Additional director general (prisons) BK Upadhyay said that deputy inspector general (prisons) Swati Sathe has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the incident. He said they have informed the local police to take action as per the law.
Sathe visited Arthur Road hail to take stock of the situation. “At least 12 people were involved in the attack, four of whom have sustained serious injuries. They are accused in different cases,” said Sathe.
In her inquiry report, Sathe will have to explain details such as what led to the fight and whether the inmates had a tiff in the past. The officials will also have to inquire to ascertain if any past rivalry between the inmates led to the scuffle. Officials will probe if the fight took place over breakfast or due to other issues such as lack of sleeping space.