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Prison fast stumps officials

Muzaffarpur, Oct. 11: Officials of Khudi Ram Bose Central Jail are in a fix over what to do about the members of Kanti Vikas Sangharsh Morcha who are on a fast-unto-death behind bars.

Forty-seven inmates, including eight members of the morcha, are on a fast-unto-death for the past four days and have refused to take meals served to them by the jail authorities.

Villagers are on a warpath to show support for the members of the morcha, most of whom belong to Kanti, Sherna, Sherkahi and Kothia villages. They were arrested on charges of damaging government vehicles and pelting stones on the police last Friday. They have been kept in the yoga ward of the jail and provided all sorts of facilities.

Talking to The Telegraph today, the superintendent of Khudi Ram Bose Central Jail, Vishwanath Prasad, said: The number of protesters observing fast-unto-death has touched 47 with more inmates joining the cause to express their solidarity with the members of the morcha. However, the condition of four persons, including the leader of the morcha, Ajay Shankar Sharma, Mithlesh Sahni, Ganesh Shaw and Ajay Giri, has deteriorated further.

They had to be rushed to the jail hospital and administered intravenous injections. The chief medical officer, Dr Gyan Bhushan, along with other doctors, examined the condition of all 47 people, including the ailing persons.

The superintendent said the inspector-general of police (prisons), Anand Kishore, and the district magistrate, Santosh Kumar Mall, have been informed about the tense situation in the jail.

He said the family members of Ajay Shankar Sharma and others met them this afternoon after Sharmas condition deteriorated. He, however, requested the family members to convince Sharma to call off the fast-unto-death but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar supervised and examined the case of all the 39 people who have been arrested in the aftermath of the mayhem at Kanti Chowk last Friday. The SSP said five persons have been found innocent and they would be freed soon.

The district police did not find vital evidence against five of the 39 arrested while examining the video clippings of the entire incident.

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