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Patiala Jail staff land in a soup after inmate’s video goes viral

The inmate, who has shot the video, says that he had brought the videophone into the jail premises by paying Rs 10,000 as bribe to some jail officials.

punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2018 14:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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The Patiala Central Jail staff, including the jail superintendent, have come under the scanner after an inmate shot and circulated a video from inside the jail premises, in which a jail official can be seen beating an inmate with a leather belt.

In the video, it is alleged that jail superintendent Rajan Kapur demands bribe from the inmates and if anyone refuses pay to him, he gets them beaten up.

The inmate, who has shot the video, says that he had brought the videophone into the jail premises by paying Rs 10,000 as bribe to some jail officials.

A few days back, state jail minister Sukhjinder Randhawa had visited the Patiala Central Jail and had asked Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to start a pilot project of setting up advanced mobile jammers on the jail premises.

He had banned the jail officials, except the jail superintendent, from carrying mobile phones into the jail. However, in the video, the inmate has claimed that he has been using a mobile phone with two sim cards from inside the jail.

The videos, circulated by him on the social media, have perceivably been made on July 5 and August 8.

“I have brought a mobile phone into the jail to expose the jail staff. Corruption is rampant here and whoever does not meet their gratification demands is beaten up,” the inmate has said in the video.

In one of the videos, a jail staff is preparing to beat an inmate. The video maker has claimed that the jail superintendent is behind the alleged corruption.

The video has came out a few days after an inmate, Vishal Kumar, had moved court alleging torture by jail staff. An additional district and sessions judge had ordered transfer of the inmate to another jail and had asked the chief judicial magistrate to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

Jail superintendent Rajan Kapoor has refuted all allegations levelled against him. He said that the videos are fabricated.

He added that he had busted a gang operating from inside the jail on Friday and had transferred some inmates to other jails as they were smuggling in intoxicant tablets and selling them to other inmates. An FIR has been registered in this regard at the Tripuri police station.

“After that, they have made up this story to defame our jail officials,” he said. He added that he has already ordered an inquiry into the incident and will submit a detailed report to his seniors.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 14:38 IST