Jail inmate dies during hunger strike protesting against ban on ‘gutka’

The Hush Post | 4:05 pm | One-minute read

An inmate of Jaunpur jail in Uttar Pradesh has died during a protest against the ban on Tobacco products. On Monday, the prisoners went on a hunger strike protesting the ban against ‘pan masala’ and ‘gutka’. One of the inmates died on Tuesday and the other inmates reportedly said that he was beaten during the strike.

However, Jailer Singh said that the inmate Jairam was in poor health for a long time.

District Magistrate Arvind Allappa and Superintendent of Police Vipin Kumar had carried out a raid on Jaunpur jail reportedly, where they found pan masala, gutka, cigarettes, and other items. After that, the jail administration banned these items and restricted their presence inside the prison.

According to the reports, the prisoners went on a hunger strike claiming that the food being served to them was of poor quality, but the actual reason was gutka ban. The inmates also clashed with the jail authorities. The deceased, Jairam, was reportedly injured during the clashes and was admitted to the jail hospital.

District Magistrate Arvind Allappa has ordered an inquiry into the death of the inmate.

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