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One inmate killed as clash breaks out in Tihar prison

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New Delhi: An undertrial inmate in Tihar prison was killed while another grievously injured in a clash that broke out between two groups of prisoners in the high-security jail here today.

Undertrial Anil, who had received injuries during the clash, was taken to the jail hospital where he was detected with internal injuries. He was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where he succumbed to the injuries this evening, said Mukesh Prasad, Additional Inspector General of Tihar.

The other prisoner, Ishwar, who sustained serious injuries too was rushed to the DDU hospital where he is undergoing operation, the officer said.

The three inmates of high security ward of Jail number 1 of Tihar, Ishwar, Vijay and Shadab were brought to jail dispensary for medical treatment and they were being taken back to their ward at about 2 PM, when they were attacked by a group of other prisoners, Prasad said.

The trio escorted by Tamil Nadu Special Police and Tihar personnel reached near the RO Plant of the jail they were attacked by three other prisoners Anil, Vasu and Sandeep.

The attackers came from behind the RO Plant and pounced upon undertrial Ishwar and started assaulting him with hand made sharp-edged weapons. Ishwar and his two associates retaliated with stones and bricks during the clash, he said.

To save himself from the attackers, Ishwar ran towards ward number 4. The three assailants chased him and overpowered him and kept on attacking him.

The jail staff finally managed to overpower them and separate them. The injured were brought to the OPD of the jail hospital where Ishwar and Anil were rushed to DDU Hospital due to serious injuries.

Anil later succumbed to his injuries while Ishwar is undergoing operation, he said.

The prisoners involved in the clash are having multiple criminal cases against them. The exact reason of the clash will be known after inquiry by the jail authorities, he added.

PTI