Modern Jail inmates create havoc

Jail staff resorted to firing after rioting and arson by prison inmates in the new Modern Jail on the outskirts of Kapurthala on Sunday afternoon.

Prisoners injured in the firing were shifted to Civil Hospital Kapurthala. Some of the injured prisoners told the media that at least two inmates were killed in the firing. However, late in the evening, Kapurthala deputy commissioner Dr Harkesh Singh Sidhu said that there was no casualty and 13 prisoners had been injured.

Sources said that the rioting started after a prisoner died for want of treatment following which angry prison inmates trashed the jail doctor.

However, DC said that an ill prisoner was taking treatment from the jail hospital and he died in his barrack in the morning on Sunday after which the prisoners went on the rampage. He said that the prisoners had come out of the barracks. Sources said the prison inmates also attacked the jail staff. They even injured jail superintendent Surinder Singh Saini.

As arson started and violent inmates tried to break the inside gate of the jail, the security staff of the prison opened fire.

Gun shots continued till late night and a big blast was also heard, which occurred when prisoners threw a LPG cylinder in the fire. While senior jail and police officials also reached the prison, it was only around 3.30pm that police started bringing the out the injured who were rushed to the Civil Hospital.

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