New Delhi, Oct 3: Two Kashmiri inmates were injured in a clash between members of two groups lodged in the highly-secured Tihar jail here.
The September 13 brawl triggered due to some “trivial issue” in the overcrowded jail has raised safety concerns for other Kashmiris in the prison, including eight separatist leaders arrested on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan-based terror groups for fueling unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
DIG Prisons S.S. Parihar confirmed to news agency IANS that there was a “fight between members of two groups in Jail No.3 and that two Kashmiri prisoners were beaten up”, though they were not part of the warring groups.
“It was a trivial issue and a police complaint has been filed,” Parihar asserted.
The victims have been identified as Mohammed Shafi and Javaid Ahmed.
The separatist leaders, including Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, are lodged in the high-risk prison, Jail No.4.
However, Parihar refused that there were safety concerns for the Kashmiri inmates in the prison. “There have been incidents of fighting between inmates in the past. We cannot say that Kashmiris were specifically targeted.”
Fights between inmates in the over-populated Tihar Jail are common and some of them have turned out to be deadly in the past.
At least 17 prisoners were injured in March this year after a fight broke out between two groups.
Last year, a prisoner was killed in a fight between two groups in a moving jail van entering the Tihar Jail from Saket court.