1500 inmates set Jalandhar Central Jail afire

Punjab PoliceJalandhar, Jan. 7: Around 1500 inmates of the Jalandhar Central Jail went on a rampage here on Monday, setting the prison on fire and pelting stones on police officials.

Police had to fire several rounds of ammunition and tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. One prisoner was injured in the melee.

Police officials were tightlipped about the possible reason for the unrest.

Senior Superintendent of Police Arpit Shukla said: "Normally, the inmates are kept in separate cells, but I don't know why all of them were allowed to be together today".

Local police have reportedly sought more forces to control the situation. (ANI)