Nabha jail clash: Two injured, inmates shifted to PGI

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 24, 2015 21:29 IST

A day after clashes erupted at the Nabha high-security jail, two seriously injured inmates were shifted from the Rajindra Hospital here to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam, taking a strong note of the clashes among the jail inmates, has asked additional deputy commissioner Mahinderpal to probe the matter.

As per available information, two of the five injured inmates, identified as Gurjant Singh and Randhir Singh, were shifted from the local Rajindra hospital to the PGI, Chandigarh. Both of them had multiple serious fractures on their legs, arms and head. The other three inmates Jaspreet Singh Jassa, Aman Kumar and Rajinder Tiger were still under medical observation at the Rajindra hospital.

On Saturday, the Nabha high-security jail witnessed two clashes, one each in the morning and evening, wherein at least eight people were injured. The first clash occurred when the jail authorities allowed prisoners to come out of their barrack on Saturday morning. The group, led by Jaspreet Singh Jassa, attacked with iron rods the inmates of barrack number 20.

Three inmates, who sustained minor injuries in the attack, were identified as Sukhwinder Singh, Jagpal Singh and Sukhkiran Singh. The jail witnessed another clash in the evening when supporters of Sukhwinder, led by murder convict Ranjodh Singh Jodha, barged into Jassa's barrack and thrashed the inmates mercilessly with iron rods.

In the morning clash, the Nabha police booked nine people under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), whereas in the evening incident, they booked around a dozen people on the charges of attempt to murder, along with other sections (348, 349 and 463) of IPC on the complaint of jail superintendent.

Station house officer (SHO) of Nabha Kotwali police station, Amanpal Singh Virk confirmed that the iron rods, pipes and other material used in the clash had been recovered and investigation was under progress.

Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Mahinderpal has initiated an enquiry as ordered by the deputy commissioner. He visited the Nabha jail and took the statements of the jail authorities.

Sources said the deputy commissioner has asked the ADC to find out the causes behind the clashes and look into the role of jail authorities during these incidents.

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