An undertrial lodged at the Amritsar central jail was allegedly killed during a clash with another undertrial on Friday morning.
The victim has been identified as Bikramjit Singh, 25, a resident of Tarn Taran, who was lodged in the jail since August 19, while the accused, Raman Kumar, 23, a resident of Ajnala, was lodged there for the past six months, said police.
Both the accused were booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and were living in the same room (Room No. 2) at the brarrack number 8 of the jail, said police.
Divulging detail of the incident, jail superintendent RK Sharma said, “A minor scuffle took place between them over the cleanliness of a washroom. When Raman came out of the washroom on Friday morning, Bikramjit complained to him that the washroom was not clean and abused him too.”
“As things turned volatile, Bikramjit slapped Raman, who slapped him back. While fighting, Raman punched in the neck of Bikramjit, who subsequently fell unconscious,” said the jail superintendent.
Initially, we took the victim to the jail hospital, but he was referred to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital as his condition turned serious. However, Bikramjit succumbed to injuries on way to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.
In the meantime, taking serious note of the incident, the jail authorities suspended jail warder Kashmir Singh, who was on duty when the incident took place, and three other jail officials were chargesheeted for dereliction of duty.
Sharma said, “We have suspended the head warder, who was on duty, and three other officials of jail security staff have been chargesheeted for the dereliction of duty.”
The jail authorities lodged a complaint with the Cantonment police station, which booked Raman under section 302 (punishment for murder).
When contacted, station house officer (SHO) at Cantonment police station inspector Gurbinder Singh said: “Following the complaint of the jail authorities, we have registered a case under section 302 against the accused, Raman Kumar.”
“Since the accused is lodged in the central jail, we will seek him on production warrant,” said the SHO, adding that a team of the city police reached the jail and started investigations into the death.
Terming the incident serious, the jail superintendent said, “To check such incidents in the future, we are enhancing the security arrangements near the areas where the inmates are lodged. More staff would be put on the job and those failing to keep a tight vigil would face action, he added.