Prison officials are inquiring into the alleged high-handed behaviour of a prisoner, Muthupandi (27), of Dindigul.

On instructions from the DIG of Prisons, Coimbatore Range, P. Govindarajan and Superintendent G. Shanmugasundaram, prison security staff led by Deputy Jailor Jayaraman intensified checks to prevent entry of banned items into the prison. It is learnt that during the check, jail warder Suresh Babu seized beedi from Muthupandi and destroyed the same. Irked by this, Muthupandi is said to have entered into a wordy duel and tried to assault the warder. In addition, the prison staff also seized two cell phones from prisoners Balamurali and Sreenivas. Inquiries are on.

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