50 prisoners on fast-unto-death after group clash in Bihar jail
Six fasting prisoners have been admitted to a hospital at Bhabua in Kaimur district of Bihar after they fell unconscious on Thursday. The jailer has also alleged receiving life threat from one of the groups involved in the clash.india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 16:22 IST
More than 50 inmates of a jail in south west Bihar are on fast-unto-death since Wednesday, accusing some officials of showing favouritism to a group of prisoners.
Six of the fasting prisoners of divisional jail at Bhabua in Kaimur district, 197 kms southwest of Patna, fell unconscious after their condition deteriorated on Thursday, jailer Manoj Kumar Singh said. They had been admitted to sadar hospital at Bhabua, Singh added.
The jailer said the trouble started on June 26 (Monday) when ward in-charge Gyani Paswan seized the mobile phone and charger of prisoner Jasimuddin, said to be close to a senior jail officer, and deposited it in the jail office.
“The seizure of objectionable items brought into the jail resulted in a group clash. The matter was, however, resolved on Tuesday with the rival groups giving a written undertaking to maintain peace on the premises. After a brief truce, the groups clashed again on Wednesday, following which many prisoners began hunger strike demanding action against some jail officers for allegedly showing favouritism and fuelling tension,” Singh said.
Singh said the group led by Jasimuddin had hurled abuses on him and threatened to eliminate him and blow up the prison.
Jail superintendent Shahnawaz Ahmad Niyazi said the allegations against prison officials were totally baseless. “I am on leave and will recommend transfer of erring inmates to central jail after resuming duty. This is the only solution for maintaining peace in the jail,” Niyazi said.
District magistrate Rajeshwar Prasad Singh said he would visit the jail and the hospital to meet the striking prisoners and pacify them.
Meanwhile, the jail tension has spilled on to the streets with supporters of rival groups holding demonstrations and erecting road blockades at Bhabua since Tuesday.
Under similar situation, then jail superintendent Ram Parikshan Ram was shot dead at his residence by Uttar Pradesh-based criminal and supporters of a group of prisoners on May 3, 2003.