Imphal, July 30: Lapses of security in Manipur’s Sajiwa Central Jail is once more come to the notice of the people after 3 inmates including 2 foreign convicts died inside the prison at wee hour today.
One among the deceased is an undertrial prisoners belonging to Kuki Community of Manipur identified as Thangminlian Zou (29) s/o Late Kapkhanpou of Muallum Village, Churachandpur.
The deceased foreign convicts are identified as Yusuf (21) s/o Siddiq of Saudi Arabia Medinatul Manou Warh and Abdus Salam (22) s/o Abdul Ahad of Saudi Arabia.
Both were arrested from Indo-Myanmar border in July 2013 by Assam Rifles personnel after they failed to produce proper documents for trespassing the country. Both the foreigners were handed over to Manipur police and after producing to Judicial Magistrate they were convicted for one year and sent to Sajiwa Central Jail, Manipur on July 12, 2013. Their conviction ended on June 23, 2014, but as Saudi Arabian authority fails to responds to the government communication their detention continues.
Thangminlian Zou, the deceased undertrial prisoner from Manipur, has been in the prison since August 20, 2014 after he was arrested in October 2010 under section 302 of Indian Penal Code on charge of murder.
Speaking to the media persons, ADGP Prison P Doungel said that the exact reason of how the incident took place inside sector 1 cell 1 is not yet known.
As according to him the incident happened at around 1 am today after the three engaged in deadly confrontation following a heated argument over some personal belongings.
The Manipuri inmate was reportedly killed by the two foreign convicts inside the cell. Following the incident jail inmates turn furious and started attacking the two foreign inmates. As the two locked the cell from inside the room the jail inmates vandalise the door and pulled them out. As some among the inmate started thrashing them, both made way towards a pond located inside the prison complex. The inmates then pelted stones and other sharp iron towards them resulting the two with serious injuries and latter died inside the pond.
On receiving the information, a team of Imphal East Police led by SP Angam along with IRB team rushed to the Central to control the situation.
Speaking to media persons ADGP, Prison, P Doungel said the police team fire tear gas shells and also fired rounds of gunshots in the air to control the situation. The prison inmates too reportedly pelted stones towards the police personnel. Some among them sustained minor injury.
The unfortunate incident could have been avoided if the inmates were kept all together in one cell, he added.
P Doungel further said that as the two deceased are from foreign country, officials are trying to get in touch with the embassy of Saudi Arabia but so far no response have been received from their end.
If they could not get any response from the embassy of Saudi Arabia, the two will be disposed as per the law of the land, he added.