Tension prevailed at Sada Sub Jail in Goa late Tuesday night after two groups of prisoners clashed, broke the security ring, went berserk, damaged jail property, assaulted the jailor and tried to escape.
1 prisoner was killed and 12 others including jailer, two guards and nine inmates were injured in the jailbreak attemped by 49 prisoners and under trials at the prison in the Vasco town of Goa.
In a daring attempt to break out of an under-repair prison, the inmates attacked a skeletal jail staff, even as police have cordoned off the area, in a bid to stop the inmates from fleeing.
Vinayak Korbatkar, who was shifted to Sada Sub Jail from Colvale prison in North Goa after being accused to murder fellow inmate Ashpak Bengre in July last year, was allegedly stabbed to death in the melee yesterday. Korbatkar was supposed to be shifted to another jail in Maharashtra, however, due to some reasons he was taken and brought back to jail in the evening.
“Korbatkar was brought back to Sada sub jail and we wanted to produce him before court today to seek directions after Oras jail authorities refused to accept him,” Npolice said.
According to information, trouble began at about 11 pm when Korbatkar had an issue with other jail inmates. The argument turned violent and Korbatkar and a rival group had a clash. Later about 49 inmates broke the internal security gate and reached near the main gate, however, they could not manage to escape as the main entrance gate of the jail was locked.
The prisoners went berserk and destroyed all the lights inside the jail. The inmates destroyed jail property including furniture of jailor’s office.
The inmates allegedly broke the security ring and reached near the jail’s main gate, but were stopped by police teams. Several teams of police personnel as well as various teams of police from neighboring police stations rushed to the jail and entire area was cordoned off. Senior jail officials rushed to Sada Sub Jail late night. Later the situation was brought under the control past late night at around 4am by security agencies. Later the prisoners were lodged in a couple of cells which were not destroyed in the incident.
Korbatkar, who was allegedly found with stab injuries, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, police said. The jailer, the guards and the injured inmates have been shifted to Goa Medical College and Hospital in Bambolim.
The women prisoners from the jail have been shifted to the new facility at Colvale, while the remaining were supposed to be shifted next month. The Sada sub jail is currently being undertaken by State public works department for major repairs.
“The sub jail is no more safe to house the prisoners. We will be shifting them to Colvale on Saturday,” police said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vasco) Lawrence D’Souza said, “We will investigate why and how the attack took place but right now our focus is on ensuring that none of the inmates slip away in the chaos.”