Inmates at Kannauj district prison went on a rampage,clashed with the jail staff and took control of the barracks for nearly 12 hours after a prisoner allegedly committed suicide,prompting police to resort to baton charge in which several inmates were reportedly injured,sources said on Thursday.
Sharad Kulshreshtha,the DIG Jails (Lucknow Region),later said that the deputy jailor and five constables have been transferred while the state government has ordered a high level inquiry into the incident.
Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava said the probe would be conducted by Additional Commissioner Kanpur,Rajiv Sharma and Additional IG,Akhtar Riyaz and the committee would probe the incident and its report within three days.
As per the police,Kamlesh Kumar (48),an undertrial and a resident of Thathiya police station area,lodged in jail since May 9 in connection with a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder,was found hanging from the ceiling inside a toilet in the jail.
Some fellow inmates who found him inside the toilet alerted the jail authorities following which Kumar was rushed to the district hospital where doctors declared him dead.
On coming to know about Kumars death,the inmates went on a rampage and started to pelt bricks and stones at jail wardens. Alleging that Kumar had been killed by jail officials,the inmates chased the wardens away from the barracks. Later,they climbed on the roofs of barracks and raised slogans.
Heavy police force was deployed outside the jail. In a bid to control the situation,police resorted to baton charge in which several inmates were reportedly injured.
The district magistrate,superintendent of police and senior officers from Prisons Department reached there to take stock of the situation. Sharad Kulshreshtha,DIG Jails (Lucknow Region),said the situation was brought under control by Thursday afternoon.
He said the inmates have been assured of an inquiry into Kumars death.
District Magistrate Rupesh Kumar later ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and transferred five jail staff including the Deputy Jailor,O P Singh.
Samajwadi Party MLA from Chhibramau,Arvind Singh Yadav,who had also reached the jail to talk to the protesting inmates,said the situation was brought to normal around 4.30 pm on Thursday when the grievances of the inmates related to quality of food and other facilities inside the prison were addressed by the senior officials.