Women inmates go violent after death of undertrial

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2015 19:17 IST

A 65-year-old woman, who had been lodged in a woman jail in connection with a drug peddling case for the past one month, died in civil hospital on Saturday.

Soon after the death, the jail inmates created ruckus inside the jail and also entered into a clash with jail authorities. The inmates alleged that if the jail staff would had taken victim Parkash Kaur, who had complained of severe stomach pain, to hospital on time, she would have been saved. It has been learnt that the agitated prisoners had pelted stones on jail staff and had also torn their uniforms.

In the clash, nearly six jail employees, including Rajwant Kaur, Surjit Kaur, Manpreet Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Navjot Kaur and Amandeep Kaur, suffered injuries.

The jail inmates alleged that Parkash Kaur died due to negligence of jail staff and lack of doctors in the prison.They alleged that the victim was taken to civil hospital after her condition did not improve at the jail hospital.

However, the situation was brought under control with the help of police force. Jail superintendent Snehjot Dhawan has lodged a case against 18 inmates in this context at the Division Number 7 police station. Additional director general of police (prisons) RP Meena has also ordered judicial inquiry into the case.

The police have booked Rupa, Seema, Usha and 15 other unidentified inmates under sections 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 333 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapons) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The doctors at the civil hospital have sent the body for chemical examination to ascertain the cause of death.

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