Atleast two people were injured as angry inmates set fire to shelter inside the Srinagar Central Jail after rumours spread that some prisoners were being shifted to jails outside the Kashmir Valley, police said on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday night. Police personnel rushed to the prison to help authorities bring the situation under control.
Reports said that on late Thursday evening when authorities started to move some jail inmates from a particular barrack for their shifting “within the jail”, there was hue and cry as the inmates felt that they are being moved outside the state.
The authorities have imposed restrictions in old city parts here and reduced internet speed in entire Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam districts.
“The particular barrack along with some other barracks were to be renovated and the jail inmates were being shifted to other barracks till the renovation would have been completed. However, there was suddenly a hue and cry and rumours that the inmates were being shifted out of the Kashmir Valley,” authorities said.
Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, who is also DG Prisons, told media that some inmates instigated others to stop the repair and reinforcement works inside a barrack.
“Others (jail inmates) joined and resorted to some violent acts inside on the jail staff. Also set some places on fire. Fire tenders are on the spot and working,” the DG said, adding that DIG Police Central Kashmir Range, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and SSP Srinagar are on the spot to assess the situation.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Sahid Iqbal Choudhary on Friday said that he was personally inquiring into the incident involving massive clashes by jail inmates amid damage to a building and at least three barracks at Srinagar’s central jail.