Security has been beefed up at the prisoners’ cell in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday after an under-trail prisoner was killed at the hands of another inmate of the prison yesterday.
Following the incident an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police who was on the charge of the cell has been removed from the prison duty and two ASI and six constables have been deployed in the cell.
Police said the victim Upen Burman was arrested for his alleged involvement with Greater Cooch Behar People’s Association and the accused Nikhil Roy was involved in a murder case. Both the accused were admitted to the hospital for last few days. On Tuesday morning Roy suddenly hit Burman with a saline stand. As Roy had locked the door of the ward from outside the policemen in the adjacent room couldn’t enter the prisoner’s cell. Burman had received severe injury on his body and he was profusely bleeding. The police broke open the door and found that Roy had locked himself inside a toilet of the cell. He had also attacked the policemen when they tried to arrest him. Roy was eventually arrested from the spot. Doctors who reached the spot found Burman lying dead on his bed.Officer-in-charge of Matigara police station has submitted a report to the senior police officials in this connection.
State human right commission has also sought a report from the senior police officials in the district. It was learnt that steps might be taken against the ASI and the four constables who were deployed at the cell. The accused Roy has been booked under murder charges. Police are interrogating the accused. A senior police officer said: “We have received a report in this connection. A probe has been initiated.”