Prisoners protest death of inmate

The News

Monday, August 04, 2008
MIANWALAI: Prisoners of the Central Jail Mianwali here on Sunday protested against the jail administration for thrashing a prisoner to death.

The jail administration called the police to control the protesting prisoners, who made the jail staff hostage when they were not allowed to record their statements before the judicial magistrate on the death of an under-trial prisoner Mohammad Ajmal.

The jail sources said Ajmal, who was involved in a theft case, died on Saturday night in the jail. The officials later informed his heirs about the incident and said it was a suicide. However, the jail inmates alleged that Ajmal was severely beaten by the jail authorities.

On Sunday morning when Judicial Magistrate Qamar Abbas was recording the statements of the jail officials on Ajmal’s death, the prisoners gathered there and demanded that their statements should also be recorded.

On refusal of the jail administration to record their statements, the prisoners demonstrated and made the jail employees hostage. Later, the jail authorities called the police to control the situation. They also resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protestors. Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased also blocked the Mianwali-Rawalpindi road and protested against the jail administration over the death of Ajmal.

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