Mumbai: A group of inmates in Taloja jail attacked a jailor and a few police personnel on Saturday evening after they refused to allow one of them to move around the premises after the prison’s closing time.
The Kharghar police have registered the complaint of jailor Sadashvi Sawant against four accused—Feroz Muzaffar, Mobin Shakoor, Azad Khalid and Anwar Gani. “We have booked the four under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 34 (common participation in a crime) of the Indian Penal Code. We are making inquiries,” said a policeman from the Kharghar police station.
Taloja jail houses accused in several terror cases, including the Malegaon bomb blast case. A policeman who witnessed the incident told TOI, “One of the accused wanted go to another place around 5.30pm. As it was the jail’s closing time, the jailor posted there refused to allow him to do so. This enraged the inmate, who summoned his associates. All of a sudden, 15-17 inmates arrived and began abusing and manhandling the police. The inmates also kicked and punched some of the policemen.”
The incident has upset the personnel posted in and around the jail. “This comes two weeks after one of our jailors was fired at,” said a source.
A few years ago, an inmate, who was employed in the navy before his arrest in a murder case, had abused policemen. This had prompted another policeman present there to slap the inmate, who complained to court. The court had warned jail officers not to do so or face a fine of Rs 10,000 each.
Pointing out that inmates always have the upper hand, a source said, “Jail police officers are abused, taunted and provoked by undertrials almost daily, but they cannot do anything as it may result in an inquiry against them.”
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Taloja jail houses accused in many terror cases, including the Malegaon blast
The Times of India, September 24, 2012