BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Three prisoners were allegedly killed at Dum Dum Central Jail on Saturday when a section of the prisoners clashed with jail security personnel, angry over a circular given by the state jail department that put a ban on meeting family members due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A part of the jail was torched and vandalised by the undertrial prisoners. At the time of reporting, the police and jail security were yet to bring the situation under control. The prisoners even took some prison security staff hostage.
On Saturday morning, as soon as the prisoners came to know about the circular, they began protesting. The jail super and his men rushed to Ward No.1 and began explaining the situation to the prisoners. At this point an altercation took place between the undertrials and the jail staff.
Soon, a clash ensued. By this time, family members of the prisoners had gathered outside the prison. The prisoners became more violent, focing the jail authorities to call in police reinforcements. The Rapid Action Force of the state police was also called.
Unable to get a grip on the situation, the police fired live bullets in which two prisoners received injuries. Jail authorities, however, denied that bullets were used.
Meanwhile, the prisoners tried to break open the main gate of the ward with axe, iron rods and knives. They snatched a gas cylinder from the kitchen and took it inside their ward.
More police personnel were called in. The cops burst tear gas shells to disperse the agitated prisoners, who chased away a few policemen. They took shelter inside Ward No.2 where convicts are lodged. At the time of filing this report, policemen were yet to enter Ward No.1 where the trouble began.
The prisoners even torched a section of Ward no 1 and ransacked the ward office. Jail employees later alleged that a few prisoners tried to scale the wall and escape.