A DIG in Tihar Jail has accused Delhi police of a cover-up on the death of two inmates in a gang war inside the prison on Thursday.
Mukesh Prasad, DIG (Prison) said, “Providing separate vans for undertrials is the sole responsibility of the (Delhi police’s) 3rd Battalion. Police’s allegations clearly suggests a cover-up and shifting of responsibility by the 3rd Battalion to the prison administration with malicious intent. In the past too, proposals have been sent to the 3rd Battalion to provide ‘high-risk’ vans or separate vans either on the request of prisoners or court directions. But, such proposals were never heeded.”
The 3rd battalion, which is responsible for escorting the criminals to and from the jail had accused the Tihar Jail authorities of not informing them about the criminal record of these undertrials.
Tihar Jail Superintendent, Naveen Kataria too said that all vital information on prisoners, especially their criminal records were always shared with the deputy commissioner of police of 3rd Battalion.
“The police informs the jail authorities in writing that a prisoner is dangerous, prone to escaping or requires special arrangement for safe custody. When such information is received, the superintendent keeps the prisoner in a specially secured ward and strict vigilance is maintained,” Kataria was quoted by Indian Express.
Refuting these allegations, Delhi Police’s spokesperson, Rajan Bhagat said, ” The jail authorities are providing incorrect information to the media and laying the responsibility at the doors of the police.”