Violent inmates attack jail officials at Chennai Puzhal prison
Four prison officials sustained severe injuries in a violent jail riot broke out on Friday night at the Puzhal Central prison, one of the largest prison complexes in the country.
According to official sources, a group of 12 prisoners launched the murderous attack on prison officials reportedly for denying them cellphones and food brought from outside. While three officers including a jailer were taken to the Stanley medical college in the city late night on Friday, jail warden Muthumani is admitted in a multi-speciality hospital in the city.
Prisoners armed with iron rods and other sharpened objects had first attacked Muthumani, warden. Sources said the attack was launched by prisoners headed by high-security prisoners including Bilal Malik, Panna Ismail, S `Police? Fakruddin and Mannadi Abdullah, all suspected Al-Umma operatives. During the attack, they also detained two prison officials and locked them inside a prison cell.
?Officials locked up by prisoners were released only after deputy inspector general of police (prisons) A G Maurya and DIG (prisons) incharge S Rajendran initiated a talks with prisoners indulged in violence. The main target behind the attack was warden Muthumani.
Prisoners managed to enter the block 1 had dragged him to their area and beaten him up. When other officers tried to rescue them, prisoners launched a violent attack using all that they had in their hands including sharpened objects, carom boards and glasses.
The Puzhal police registered a case against 19 people involved in the attack. ?Prisoners were angry at Muthumani as he had tightened the security in cells conducted frequent raids. He refused to allow them using cellphones.
They were told by someone that their friends lodged at Coimbatore prison are reportedly allowed to use cellphones with the help of some officials there,? said an official. Key suspects in the 2011 Advani pipe bomb case and recent murders of BJP and Sangh parivar leaders, both Malik and Ismail were arrested in October 2013 from Puthur in Andhra Pradesh reportedly after a gun battle that lasted for over 12 hours.
ADGP-prisons, J K Tripathy, told that only one prison official has sustained severe injuries. ?The problem was settled in few minutes. It was not a riot or violence. Prisoners got agitated after they were denied food brought from outside. A probe has been ordered,? he said.