Lucknow jail inmates go on hunger strike

February 25th, 2008 - 12:26 am ICT by admin  


Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) As many as 300 inmates of the Lucknow district jail proceeded on a hunger strike Sunday to protest officials’ “partisan” role after a clash between two groups of under-trials. According to the police, trouble began when the jail staff chose to side with a particular group of under-trials known to be also supported by certain criminal gangs.

“What began as a minor clash between two sets of under-trials Saturday turned into a free-for-all between the weaker group of under-trials and the jail staff, following which six jail wardens and 24 inmates were injured,” a police official said.

To protest against what they termed as partisan role of the jail officials, a large band of 300 under-trials observed a hunger strike Sunday.

Meanwhile, one of the injured under-trials was shifted to the Balrampur Hospital Sunday.

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