Prisoners’ commotion in Chitrakoot jails: CCTV cameras found to be inoperable, 3 warders suspended on duty
Chitrakoot has created chaos for inmates in jails. Probe team found that CCTV cameras inside Chitrakoot jail in UP were not working a shootout between inmates on May 14 left three dead, including notorious gangster Mukim Kala. Along with jail superintendent and jailor, three warders have also been suspended.
In what could be described as a reflection of the poor state of affairs in the Chitrakoot jail, it has come to light that CCTV cameras installed in the UP jail were non-functional when three inmates were killed in a shootout on Friday morning.
Gangster Mukim Kala was among the three killed in a shootout at the jail in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot.
Taking note of the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday ordered a probe into the incident. After the initial probe report, the UP government suspended two jail officials — Jail Superintendent S P Tripathi and Jailor Mahendra Pal.
Later in the day, three warders — Sanjay Khare, Harishankar Ram, and Amit Kumar — were suspended on charges of laxity. Departmental proceedings were initiated against them, officials said.
A senior police officer in the prison department told India Today that CCTV cameras in the jail were not functional at the time of the incident. The official added that it was not clear how firearms found their way inside the jail, days before the shootout.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Chitrakoot jail and additional forces, including 20 jawans of the UP Police, have been stationed. Some officers from the warder range have also been sent to Chitrakoot jail in Uttar Pradesh.
Dikshit then took five inmates hostage before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with prison authorities.
While Mukim Kala was a dreaded gangster who ran a criminal network in western Uttar Pradesh, Merajuddin was an aide of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari.
Initial reports suggested that the killings were the result of a gang-war.
An old video of Anshu Dikshit has now surfaced online where he alleged that IG (STF) Amitabh Yadav and the Chitrakoot jail administration had been conspiring to murder him.
Social activists seek judicial inquiry
Social activists Amitabh Thakur and Dr Nutan Thakur, in a letter to UP CM Yogi Adityanath, on Friday sought a judicial inquiry into the jail shootout. The incidents of Friday are similar to the way Anshu Dikshit had described in his video, which is why a judicial probe headed by a sitting high court judge must be sought, they wrote.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has sought a report in this regard from an inquiry committee comprising the Commissioner of Police (Chitrakoot), IG (Chitrakoot) and DIG (prisons).