LAHORE: A clash between Christian and Muslim inmates broke out in Kot Lakhpat jail followed by an argument between prison clerics.
In line with details, 33 prisoners sustained injuries as police bashed the inmates when Christian and Muslim inmates got engaged in a heated exchange of words at Kot Lakhpat jail. It seems that the Prison police stabbed the inmates in order to scatter the horde and to avoid possible uproar following an argument between prison teachers.
A prisoner at Kot Lakhpat jail who was the eye witness disclosed the true story saying: a Muslim teacher had asked a Christian teacher at the jail three weeks ago not to preach Christianity to Muslim prisoners. A heated debate had ensued. Later, a brawl had broken out between Christian and Muslim inmates. The prison police had intervened and separated them.
He went on to say: on Tuesday night, I heard cries from Barrack 8. I later learnt that some jail officials, led by Deputy Superintendent Haji Mazhar and three assistant superintendents, and barrack heads picked certain Christian inmates accused of complaining to their families of harassment at the jail and beat them with clubs. When they were being searched, some of the prisoners objected to being handled by Muslims. 33 of the prisoners suffered severe injuries, including fractures. The beating had gone on for over half an hour. They had been taken to the jail hospital.
On the other hand Aslam Parvaiz Sahotra- Chairman of Human Liberation Commission said: some Christian inmates had informed him that after the clash, two teachers and a prisoner had said the Christian inmates should convert to Islam or face dire consequences. On Christmas Eve, prisoners Aftab, Rehmat Yaqoob, Karamat Shahana and Parvaiz Masih had told me that they were beaten by prisoners after the clash between their teachers. The prisoner who led the group of prisoners was identified.
Rana Latif – Assistant Superintendent said,” 33 inmates had been isolated.” He fervently denied that they were beaten and had been hospitalised with injuries. He said: the matter between prisons teachers had been resolved amicably. On Tuesday, following a clash between two groups of prisoners, some had tried to start a fire.
Some of the Christian prisoners had filed a complaint claiming that the prison church was being used for immoral activities. Some prisoners in the barrack had set three blankets on fire. He said the fire was controlled quickly. Three members of the prison staff were injured in the incident.