2 inmates killed in Landhi jail riot

Faraz Khan

KARACHI: At least two prisoners were reported killed and 15 others, including policemen, critically injured during an uprising at Landhi jail on Wednesday.

Sources said the prisoners were reacting to ‘traditional’ beating of new prisoners. The beatings are administered for the jailers by convicted prisoners called ‘patails’ (beaters). A few days ago, some inmates got together and beat a patail, angering the jail superintendent, who reacted by sending a number of them into solitary confinement, infuriating many prisoners.

At about 4pm on Wednesday, two groups started a pretentious fight and turned on the prison guards as soon as they reached the spot. The clash escalated and the firing by police to contain the rioting killed two inmates.

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