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6 inmates at Hoshiarpur juvenile home injured in group clash

Barely a month after two gangs in the Bal Sudhar Ghar (juvenile home for delinquents) clashed with each other, another brawl took place between them on Wednesday in which at least six inmates were injured. If one of the injured is to be believed, the trouble was perpetrated by the security staff against whom the boys had lodged a complaint with the inspecting judges a few days ago. After the previous incident on April 8, authorities concerned had claimed to have beefed up security around the juvenile prison.

punjab Updated: May 13, 2015 23:58 IST
Harpreet Kaur

Barely a month after two gangs in the Bal Sudhar Ghar (juvenile home for delinquents) clashed with each other, another brawl took place between them on Wednesday in which at least six inmates were injured. If one of the injured is to be believed, the trouble was perpetrated by the security staff against whom the boys had lodged a complaint with the inspecting judges a few days ago. After the previous incident on April 8, authorities concerned had claimed to have beefed up security around the juvenile prison.


Keeping in view their intense rivalry, members of the two gangs, 'Mafia Mandeer' and 'Cobra Bichhoo' were taken out of captivity separately for food or other activities.

However, on Wednesday both were allowed to come out at the same time. Finding an opportunity to settle old scores, they pounced on each other. Six inmates sustained grievous injuries in the melee and have been admitted to the civil hospital.

One of the injured who is a member of the 'Mafia Mandeer' said when they were going to have breakfast, 40-50 members of the rival group, who were suddenly released by the security staff, attacked them with iron rods which they had pulled out from the grills. "We screamed for help but the security guards did not come to our rescue," he alleged.

Another member of his group alleged that he was targeted at the behest of the police personnel against whom he had lodged a complaint with a visiting team of judges a couple of days ago.

Members of the Cobra gang, however, said they only retaliated after their rivals attacked them with rods.

Sudhar Ghar superintendent Naresh Kumar said that only one group was let out at a given time. "I will investigate how the other group managed to sneak out," he said.

Without inadequate resources, local authorities find it difficult to tackle the delinquents, some of whom are above 18. The centre has a capacity to lodge 50 persons, but it is always jammed with prisoners. On Wednesday, there were 116 inmates in the home.

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Without inadequate resources, local authorities find it difficult to tackle the delinquents, some of whom are above 18.

The centre has a capacity to lodge 50 persons, but it is always overflowing with prisoners. On Wednesday, there were 116 inmates in the home.