Madurai Apr 23 : Tension prevailed for a couple of hours inside the high-security Madurai Central Prison on Tuesday, as the inmates staged a protest demanding quality food and better amenities.
Police said around 50 remand prisoners climbed on a building adjacent to the prison compound wall and pelted stones indiscriminately on vehicles passing through the New Jail Road. However no one was injured in the incident.
The prisoners shouted slogans against the jailers accusing them of excess in the prison. Some of the prisoners inflicted self injuries with razors.
Police blocked the vehicular movement on the new jail road and the vehicles were diverted through alternative routes. The Superintendent of Prisons, M.Urmila held talks with the agitating inmates, however the protesters did not convinced after which Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were deployed as a precautionary measure.
District Revenue Officer R.Gunalan rushed to the prison and pacified the inmates and brought the situation under control in the evening.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Madurai city V.Sasi Mohan was camping in the prison with additional police force to prevent any untoward incidents. (UNI)