Brawl among Tihar jail inmates leaves nine injured (Lead)April 5th, 2009 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Nine inmates of the high-security Tihar Jail here were injured Sunday after two groups of the prisoners clashed, using blades and iron strips, over allocations of cells, officials said.
Manish, Mukin, Rasheed and their associates attacked Sachin, Bhupinder and Irfaz with iron strips and blades when the three were being transferred to a special ward number 7 of the jail number 1 around 6 a.m., highly placed jail sources told IANS. Before the shifting, they all were lodged in ward number 2.
“The group was retaliating to an attack on them on Saturday around 10.30 a.m. The quarrel began over sharing a corner space in a particular room, which later turned into fisticuffs,” said a source.
The trio then hit back at the attackers leading to the rampage, the sources said.
The corner space is most sought after in the jails by the inmates as it allows some semblance of privacy within shared accommodation.
The injured inmates, also including Mohammad Mahfooz, Nazim and Moinuddin, were rushed to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
Jail spokesman Sunil Gupta said it was a minor incident and all have been discharged from hospital after the treatment. “An inquiry has been ordered.”
The police were also investigating the incident separately.