Coronavirus | Prisoners in West Bengal’s correctional home clash with guards

They pelted stones and set the jail property on fire, protesting the State government’s decision of not allowing them to meet their families till March 31.

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:51 pm IST

Published - March 21, 2020 05:46 pm IST - Kolkata:

Railway workers spray disinfectant on Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. File

Railway workers spray disinfectant on Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express train in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. File

Inmates clashed with guards at the Dumdum Correctional Home in Kolkata on Saturday, pelting stones and setting jail property on fire over the State government’s decision not to allow them to meet their families till March 31 due to coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) outbreak, officials said.

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In the morning, some inmates insisted that they be released on parole but when the authorities refused to accept their demand, they launched a violent agitation, a top prison official said. The stir soon turned into a clash between the inmates and the prison guards, he said.

RAF personnel and policemen managed to bring the situation under control after some time, the official said. Several fire tenders were pressed into service to bring the fires under control. No casualty has been reported so far, he said.

“The situation is under control. We are trying to identify the inmates behind the incident,” the official said.

A senior official of the West Bengal Correctional Services Department had said on Friday that allowing inmates’ families to wait outside the prison was against the concept of social distancing, which is the key to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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“Keeping this in mind, a decision was taken not to allow the meetings till March 31,” he said. In view of the coronavirus outbreak , a family member of an inmate can now only call up the prison authorities to enquire about his or her health.

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