Chitrakoot Jail Officials Suspended After 3 Inmates Killed in Shootout Inside High-Security Barrack

Hours after three prisoners have been shot useless contained in the Chitrakoot district jail on Friday, jail superintendent S P Tripathi and jailor Mahendra Pal have been suspended over the incident following the orders of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The extra chief secretary of residence division, Avnish Awasthi, additionally ordered a departmental probe into the matter. Tripathi and Pal have been changed by Ashok Kumar and C P Tripathi respectively.

The three inmates gunned down within the district jail at Ragauli have been recognized by police as Anshu Dixit, Merazuddin alias Meraj Ali and Mukeem Kala, belonging to Sitapur, Ghazipur and Shamli in Uttar Pradesh. “Dixit shot useless Ali and Kala, and held another prisoners at gunpoint and threatened to kill them. He was later killed in an alternate of fireplace with police,” Chitrakoot Vary Inspector Normal of Police Ok Satyanarain stated.

Requested how did a firearm attain Dixit contained in the jail, the IG stated, “A judicial probe of the incident has been ordered. Solely after the probe, it may be concluded how weapon reached contained in the jail.” Jailor S P Tripathi, nevertheless, had earlier stated Dixit had snatched the service revolver of a jail workers when the official had intervened in an argument among the many inmates. The IG stated all three inmates have been hardcore criminals and had a number of legal instances pending towards them.

Being attentive to the incident, Chief Minister Adityanath ordered a probe into the incident by a joint crew of Divisional Commissioner D Ok Singh, Chitrakoot IG Satyanarain and DIG (Jail) Sanjeev Tripathi. The chief minister additionally demanded the probe report on the earliest.

Police stated Sitapur resident Dixit was a contract killer and had been lodged within the jail since December 8, 2019. Dixit had up to now labored for gangster Munna Bajrangi, accused of killing former BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai in 2005 in collusion with BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari, they stated.

Bajrangi was shot useless by one other gangster Sunil Rathi earlier on Jul 9, 2018 in an identical shootout inside Baghpat jail, the police stated. Detailing Shamli resident Kala’s alleged legal antecedents, police stated he was concerned in 61 instances of homicide, dacoity and extortion.

In 2016, Kala had been accused by the BJP of being behind triggering a mass exodus of Hindus from Kairana in Shamli district, the police stated including Kala had been dropped at the Ragauli jail from Saharanpur on Might 7. Ali, the third prisoner killed inside Ragauli jail was allegedly an energetic member of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s gang. Ali was shifted to Chitrakoot on March 20 from Varanasi jail. The scenario contained in the jail is now underneath management, they added.

(With PTI inputs)

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