Tihar Prisoner Alleges Superintendent Branded ‘Om’ on His Shoulder
A prisoner in Delhi’s Tihar jail has alleged that he was subjected to inhuman treatment in the jail, deprived of food for two days and an ‘Om’ symbol was branded on his shoulder using hot metal by the jail superintendent Rajesh Chauhan, reported ANI.
The prisoner, Nabbir, when produced before the magistrate at the Karkardooma Court removed his t-shirt and showed the symbol.
The court has ordered an inquiry led by the Deputy Inspector General of Prisons into the matter and asked for a report within two days.
“Necessary CCTV footage be collected and statement of other inmates be also taken in this regard. It is further directed that necessary arrangements be made to ensure the safety of accused in jail,” the court order read as quoted by ANI.
Meanwhile, the PRO for AIG (Prison) told news agency ANI that an inquiry committee has been set up in the matter. “The report will be brought before Court and action will be taken as per further order. The prisoner has been shifted from jail number 4 to 1,” he added.
However according to a report in NDTV, the jail authorities have denied the charges. The inmate has been shifted to another jail and according to the DG of Tihar jail, a detailed report will be submitted to the court.
NDTV has further reported that in a statement the jail authorities have alleged that inmates adopt such practices such “to over awe the prison administration.”
Nabbir, is facing trial in connection with an alleged arms supply case. He was lodged in the Jail No 4, a high risk ward.
(With inputs from NDTV and ANI)