Inmate stabbed after fight breaks out in Tihar Jail

Police claimed jail authorities haven’t been able to put in place “adequate arrangements” to protect prison staff and inmates.

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A 30-year-old inmate of Tihar Jail was severely injured in a fight with two other inmates, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times inside his cell, on Friday. This is the sixth incident in the last three months of inmates attacking each other with sharp objects or knives inside the prison.

Police said jail officials found the inmate, Yogesh, with severe injuries on his hands and chest. He was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for treatment and his condition is stable. Yogesh is involved in several cases of armed robbery, theft and extortion, police said.

On the incident, Director General (Delhi Prisons) Sandeep Goel said: “On December 10, two inmates were getting a haircut when they suddenly attacked a third inmate using the barber’s scissors. During the scuffle, two of them sustained injuries. They were immediately separated by jail staff. The injuries were not serious. They were sent to DDU hospital for treatment and were discharged the same day.”

DCP (West) Urvija Goel said, “We received Yogesh’s medico-legal report from the hospital. He is an inmate at Central Jail 8 of Tihar. He was assaulted by another inmate but didn’t want to file a complaint. We spoke to jail authorities and are taking legal action.”

Police claimed jail authorities haven’t been able to put in place “adequate arrangements” to protect prison staff and inmates. “We aren’t sure of the exact reason behind (Friday’s) fight but have recorded statements of jail staff. There is definitely a need to beef up security arrangements inside Tihar,” said a senior police officer from West district.

Last week, jail authorities installed more than 7,000 CCTVs, two body X-ray scanners, three mobile network jammers, walkie-talkie sets for jail staff to enhance security and prevent the use of phones inside Tihar.

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