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Controversies continue in Bhondsi jail: 3 prisoners die inside jail in one year

Controversies continue in Bhondsi jail: 3 prisoners die inside jail in one year

Gurugram: Prisoners tried to murder their rival inmates inside the jail, gangsters made an extortion call, police officials caught supplying drugs to inmates and a large cache of mobile phones being recovered in Bhondsi jail.

And when all these controversies were not enough to continuously malign the process, adopted in managing Bhondsi jail, now a new set of controversy have arisen after it has been found that in less than twelve months, three prisoners have died inside the jail including a woman who was an Uzbek national.

In the latest case, a 27-year-old prisoner identified as Akhilesh Kumar died in the early hours of Wednesday.

The 27-year-old inmate serving a life term for murder. He was a resident of Darbaripur Village in Gurugram. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the mysterious death of the prisoner.

What was believed to be the case of a death due to illness however changed completely with the coming of the post mortem report in the evening that has now deepened the mystery? Over 20 packets of drugs were found inside the body of the deceased. The packets have been now been sent to the forensics for further investigation.

The case follows just a day after a police official was caught supplying drugs to the prisoners inside Bhondsi jail. The official used to hide the drugs inside his shoes to deliver cache.

The discovery of large amount of drugs in the body however only raises more questions on the workings of the officials inside the jail.

According to the police, Kumar was arrested in 2012 for his involvement in a murder. A district and sessions court sentenced him to life imprisonment in 2013.

"It is not that he was not being treated for the disease but for the last few days he was ill and was referred to civil hospital after he complained of a breathing problem. There may be a possibility that his condition may have deteriorated in the morning hours that have led to his untimely death. An investigation has been initiated into the matter so that all the facts come out in the open," said a senior police official from Gurugram police.

To ascertain what illness may have led to the death of Akhilesh, the police are waiting for the post mortem report which may bring in more clarity.

Challenges galore for the officials for Bhondsi jail to not only ensure the 2500 criminals lodged in the jail but also to prevent the illegal activities taking place in the premises.

Criminals from 6 dreaded gangs are presently being locked up in the city jail.

These gangs include Manjeet Mahal gang, Kaushal gang, Kishan gang, Hayatpuri gang, Sandeep Gadoli gang, and Binder Gujjar gang.

Most of the members from these gangs have been charged with serious offenses like extortion, burglaries, and murders.

Looking at the dangers involved, there have also been attempts to shifts some of the prisoners to Tihar. Yet, most of the criminals often opt for Bhondsi jail owing to various loopholes that have been exploited by them in the past.

Piyush Ohrie

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