MANGALORE: Twenty policemen were injured at Mangalore jail when inmates went on a rampage, protesting the shifting of two prisoners to another jail, on Sunday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Central) Thilakchandra was among the injured. The inmates went berserk after they heard that two undertrials, Faizal and Talhath, were to be shifted to Dharwad jail. The prisoners turned riotous, throwing everything they could lay their hands on, including TV sets, stabilisers, eggs, stones, plates, glasses and utensils.
According to jail sources, the inmates were against the transfer as they were all close friends.
The authorities had made arrangements to shift the duo at 7 am. But due to the protest, the authorities asked the police for help in managing the situation. However, when they arrived at the spot, they too were assaulted by the undertrials.
Three undertrails were also injured in the incident. Jail sources said the two inmates were being shifted as they used to regularly create problems inside the jail.
Mangalore City Commissioner of Police R Hithendra has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.
The two undertrials, escorted by a team of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, were finally shifted to Dharwad jail after the clash.