A day after the rioting in Meerut jail that left nearly 100 people inured,police on Thursday filed a case of attempt to murder among other charges against the deputy jailor,warders and convicts assigned jail duties on the complaint of an inmate.
Jail Superintendent S H M Rizvi had lodged an FIR against 28 jail inmates on charges of assault,rioting and attempt to murder.
Station officer Avinash Gautam confirmed that two FIRs had been lodged including one on the inmate’s complaint.
Asked why an FIR had been lodged against the jail staff,IG Prison Rajesh Pratap Singh said he would have to look into the matter.
Jail officials claimed the violence took place because they prevented an inmate from smuggling in a cigarette lighter. How can we maintain order in jail if we are named in criminal cases in this manner? remarked an official.
He said jail officials were booked on criminal charges, suspended and also transferred without any inquiry even during the two previous incidents of violence in jails.
On the other hand,in one of the cases,the inmates who had engineered violence were not dispersed to different jails a normal practice adopted in order to break the gangs of troublemakers.