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Remand prisoners stage protest in Salem Prison

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On the roof:A few remand prisoners of Salem Central Prison scaled a wall and stood atop a building inside the prison premises on Thursday, to protest against ‘harassment’ by officials. -PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
On the roof:A few remand prisoners of Salem Central Prison scaled a wall and stood atop a building inside the prison premises on Thursday, to protest against ‘harassment’ by officials. -PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Five remand prisoners of Salem Central Prison caused a flutter here on Thursday by scaling its high security wall and raised slogans against prison authorities, alleging harassment by officials.

Found cooking

According to highly-placed sources, the remand prisoners in Block 8 protested against the solitary confinement of one of the inmates Rajani after he was found cooking inside his cell a couple of days ago.

This type of activity is not allowed according to the rules of the prison and the punishment was for violation of rules.

Slogans

As the prison administration refused to release him from the cell, the inmates in Block 8, mainly remand prisoners, raised slogans from within their cells.

On Thursday morning, five of them managed to scramble on to the wall and started attracting the attention of people in the neighbourhood by waving and shouting. Warders attempted to bring them down.

But the five threatened to jump from the wall, forcing the prison staff to retreat.

The drama went on for nearly four hours before senior officials intervened and brought them down.

It was claimed that with the connivance of some prison staff, a few inmates, especially remand prisoners, had managed to get vegetables and groceries and used to cook their own food inside the prison.

Regulations

But stringent regulations of late – such as surprise raids in cells – had put a stop to such unlawful practices. “This has irked them,” said a senior prison official.

Meanwhile the prison administration had ordered an enquiry into the incident. Prison Superintendent Murugesan was not available for comment.

Remand prisoners stage protest against solitary confinement of one of the inmates

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