Around 500 undertrials lodged in the Jehanabad divisional jail refused to take meal from the kitchen on Wednesday over the arrest of jail superintendent Arvind Kumar Mishra.
Mishra was arrested on Tuesday by vigilance sleuths while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from one Mintu Ranjan, wife of an undertrial Amitabh Ranjan alias Pappu Sharma, for favouring him in the prison. The vigilance team had also seized money from Mishra’s possession.
Authoritative sources said some inmates of the jail launched a fast and refused to take meal and shouted anti-government slogans and demanded an investigation. The district administration deployed additional forces to maintain law and order in the jail.
The protesters alleged that Mishra was victimised for initiating action against some inmates. At present, around 1,700 prisoners are lodged in the jail.
During a pre-trap investigation, Mishra had demanded the bribe from Amitabh’s wife promising her not to shift her husband to the Buxar Central Jail or lodge him in the special cell for Maoists.
“Amitabh Ranjan, a resident of Sendhwa village in Jehanabad, was arrested in connection with a case lodged with the Parasbigha police station. He was subjected to harassment and that prompted his wife to hand over the bribe to the jail superintendent,” an investigating officer said.