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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Agra prisoners riot over deaths
By Ram Dutt Tripathi
BBC News, Lucknow

Three prison officers in the northern Indian city of Agra have been suspended after a revolt by inmates.

Prisoners at the city's district jail rioted on Sunday after the deaths of two fellow inmates, for which they blamed the authorities.

Wardens were attacked and prison property was damaged during four hours of violence.

Police used batons and, according to reports, fired in the air to restore order. Officials denied the reports.

'Beatings'

Trouble started when one inmate was found dead on Sunday, having left an apparent suicide note pointing the finger at the jail authorities.

The prisoner said he had been routinely beaten and humiliated as he had not bribed some of the prison officers. News of the death enraged prisoners.

Around the same time, another inmate died while being treated in a jail hospital.

At least four inmates were injured after prisoners went on the rampage.

Agra's district magistrate, Sanjai Prasad, told the BBC that he had suspended the head of the prison and two of his deputies while separate inquiries were conducted into the inmates' deaths and allegations of torture and extortion by jail staff.


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