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Irked jailbirds vent ire in 12-hr drama

UNREST PREVAILED at the district jail for over 12 hours after hundreds of inmates went on the rampage setting the jail hospital and canteen on fire and ransacking the jailor?s office on Wednesday. All medical equipment, beds and other property in the hospital were reduced to ashes.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 00:39 IST

Hospital, canteen set on fire; jailor’s office ransacked

UNREST PREVAILED at the district jail for over 12 hours after hundreds of inmates went on the rampage setting the jail hospital and canteen on fire and ransacking the jailor’s office on Wednesday.

All medical equipment, beds and other property in the hospital were reduced to ashes.

The inmates were angry following the death of an undertrial Bal Mukund Singh Bhadauria (28), an armyman, due to alleged apathy of the jail authorities towards his illness. In the absence of proper and timely medical aid,
Singh died early on Wednesday morning. A resident of Mohanlalganj, Singh was lodged in the jail in connection with a dowry death case.

Irate inmates not only went on hunger strike but also did not allow the authorities to take his body for post-mortem examination till late in the noon.
Resentment among the inmates

started brewing after Bal Mukund Singh was brought back to the jail from Balrampur Hospital on Tuesday night. Singh, who had complained of severe abdomen pain earlier in the evening, was taken to the city hospital as
there was no doctor at the jail hospital.

Though the ailing undertrial was admitted to the Balrampur Hospital, he was brought back to the jail barrack the same night.

The hospital discharge slip stated that the patient had no such serious ailment as to admit him to hospital for long. Therefore, he was being sent back to the barrack, the slip stated.

The jail sources said Singh was not well when he was taken to the barrack. But, instead of getting him admitted to the jail hospital, the staff left the patient in the barrack.

Besides, there was no doctor in the jail hospital that night for the check-up of the patient.

The situation took a turn for the worse as the jail wardens were taking routine count of about 1250 inmates around 6 am and found Bal Mukund Singh lying dead. No sooner had the inmates come to know about his death than they went on the rampage. The mob of inmates reached the jail hospital and set it afire after damaging the property.

Entire hospital was engulfed in flames and it reduced to ashes soon as there was no arrangement of dousing the flames.

Later, the angry mob reached the canteen and set it afire after robbing the ration. Since there were insufficient guards in the jail, the undertrials were unstoppable. The violent mob also ransacked the jailor’s office and broke the doors and windows.

The inmates were moving all around the jail. It was around 11 am when the emergency siren of the jail was blown, and the PAC personnel camping outside were called inside the jail.

Somehow the jail guards managed to put the inmates back into the barracks and it was only then that the situation was brought under control.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 00:39 IST