Five persons,including two deputy jailors,were injured in a clash between inmates and jail staff at Mau district jail today.
According to the police,inmates were angry over the death of one Shaeedur Rehman (22),who was lodged in the jail on rape charges since August last year. Inmates claimed Rehman died today morning due to negligence of jail staff,because they did not provide him with medical help despite being informed that he was not well. Soon after his death,irked inmates beat up jail staff.
Deputy jailors Rajesh Singh and Uday Raj Patel suffered serious head injuries and were admitted to the district hospital. Later,they were referred to the Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi.
Other injured persons include jail writers Rajeshwar Tiwari,Randheer and Shorabh,who have been admitted to the district hospital. Doctors said their condition was stable.
The situation came under control when police and administrative officials rushed to the place and pacified the inmates. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident. On the basis of a complaint filed by one inmate,an FIR was also lodged against jail staff under section 304 of the IPC (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
The Mau police,however,claimed that they had received a complaint to lodge FIR against inmates.
Jailor Vishnu Kant Mishra,meanwhile,said the inmates never told the jail warder posted outside the barrack about the deteriorating condition of Rehman. There are some inmates who made Rehmans death an issue as they are annoyed over the strict rules inside the jail,he added.
On the other hand,the police said that according to the inmates,at 2 am they informed a jail warder posted at barrack number 7 that Rehman is vomiting and his condition is getting worse,but no medical health was provided to him. At 5 am,he died without treatment.
The protesting inmates then did not allow the jail staff to take out the body of Rehman. They also attacked the jail staff and manhandled them. Soon,the police arrived with senior district administration officials. They pacified the inmates and sent the body for postmortem.
Superintendent of Police,Mau,Onkar Singh said the postmortem of Rehman was conducted by a panel of three doctors. The autopsy report states that the cause of the death could not be ascertained,he added.