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Prisoners threaten jail hospital in Meghalaya
Correspondent Tura, Dec 26:
Published on 27 Dec. 2008 12:47 AM IST
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Prisoners in Meghalaya have threatened to burn down a hospital inside Tura district jail, if authorities failed to provide proper medical facilities. Solomon Shylla (42) convicted for a rape incident was declared brought dead at Tura Civil Hospital on December 23, afternoon after he sustained a head injury when he slipped and fell down in the toilet inside his cell. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ferline CA Sangma said the prisoners had resorted to an indefinite hunger strike on December 23 after the death of their fellow inmate. The jail authorities tried to have dialogue with the jail inmates on December 23 evening, but in vain. Additional deputy commissioner, however, admitted that the medical facilities inside the jail complex were inadequate. Sangma urged the prisoners withdraw the hunger strike on Christmas eve with a condition that the inspector general of police in-charge prisons, Anil Pradhan should visit them to oversee the feeble condition of the Tura district jail. The prisoners also demanded the presence of the media to highlight the plight of the prisoners and to expose the sorry state of affairs of Tura jail. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner FR Kharkongor had constituted a magisterial inquiry into the death of the prisoner.

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