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Maoist prisoners clash with inmates

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KOLKATA: Maoist prisoners lodged in the Midnapore Central Correctional Home clashed with other inmates over the death of another convict within the prison premises in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district.

Twenty-nine persons, including six members of the prison staff, were injured in the incident. The situation remained tense on Tuesday, but has been brought under control, said B.D. Sharma, Additional Director-General and Inspector-General of Correctional Services.

The clash first occurred on Monday evening which was followed by another such incident. Mr. Sharma explained that the clash arose after the death of a youth, Kailash Das, on Monday morning, who had been arrested for a petty offence by the Government Railway Police and sentenced to prison.

However, Kailash Das was a drug addict and appeared to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms when he was brought to jail. He would often become violent and other convicts in-charge of the cells had difficulties in controlling him, he added.

Mr. Sharma said the records show that he had injury marks before he was brought to the prison, but force had been used by the inmates.

When he died in the prison's hospital on Monday morning, Maoist prisoners protested the custodial death and the use of force against him. They went on the rampage and attacked other convicts in ward 17 of the hospital, he said.

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