Third inmate death incites clash in Faridkot jail,6 staffers injured

A major clash broke out between the jail staff and prisoners of Modern Jail Faridkot Monday injuring six jail employees.

Written by Express News Service | Faridkot | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:23 am

A major clash broke out between the jail staff and prisoners of Modern Jail Faridkot Monday injuring six jail employees. The inmates also set fire to the jail’s mess and canteen. The situation took six hours to be brought under control after police personnel were called in from Ferozepur and Moga,who proceeded to fire in the air for around 10 minutes. Meanwhile,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the events.

The clash broke out after the death of a 70-year-old undertrial,Harsha Singh,who allegedly died due to a cardiac arrest on Monday,after complaining of chest pains on Sunday night. The prisoners alleged that prison staff did not provided proper medical attention.

This is the third death of a prisoner in the past fortnight in Faridkot Jail.

Jail Welfare officer,Karamjit Singh,and a few other employees were injured and sent to Faridkot medical college for treatment. Once the situation cooled down,DC Ravi Bhagat and SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor addressed the inmates them from the first floor of the jail and assured them that they would look into their demands.

IG (Jails) J S Jatana and DIG Parmod Ban also reached the spot and admitted to lapses on part of jail authorities.

Meanwhile,the jail staff alleged that prisoners did not allow them to take the undertrial to the hospital and insisted that a doctor be sent inside the cell.

On the complaint of Jail superintendent,J P Singh,26 undertrails have been booked for the unintentional death of Harsha Singh,creating ruckus and robbing the jail’s mess and canteen.

Sources revealed that the undertrails have been taken into police custody.

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