Varanasi prisoners take officials as hostages to protest beatings

BACKvaranasiJailA riot broke out at the Varanasi district jail in which the deputy superintendent Ajay Rai was injured and had to be rushed to hospital. The inmates also held hostage the jail superintendent Ashish Tiwari and they attacked several guards as well.

A fight broke out between officials and the inmates after the news that 2 prisoners were beaten up by guards at the jail in Chowkaghat.

Meanwhile police have been deployed in the prison and are attempting to enter the seized barracks.

An NDRF team has also been dispatched to the prison where District Magistrate Raj Mani Yadav and senior prison officials are present to handle the situation.