Rawalpindi - A violent clash between two groups of prisoners in Adiala Jail left at least three inmates seriously injured, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

The injured under-trial prisoners were shifted to jail hospital for medical treatment whereas the jail authorities have sent some 10 other prisoners to solitary confinement to defuse the tension, sources said.

According to sources, members of two rival groups had been engaged in intense struggle for ensuring their supremacy in the jail for the last many months. The struggle intensified last week after the leader of one group Taji Khokhar, a notorious land grabber, landed in the jail along with his 30 other accomplices in a woman murder case. They tried to press the other group. “The members of both groups used pieces of tins to injure each other,” sources asserted. They said that three members of Taji Khokhar group sustained multiple injuries and were moved to jail hospital for treatment. Similarly, 9 other inmates of both groups were sent to solitary confinement by the jail administration to avoid any further clash, sources said.

An official, whose responsibility is to check security of the jail, told The Nation the deputy superintendent of jail reached the spot to disperse the fighting inmates. He said that Taji Khokhar group has been kept in high security cell because of their involvement in heinous crimes and growing number of their rivals who were also languishing in jail.   

Despite several efforts, Superintendent Adiala Jail could not be approached for his comments on the issue.

Meanwhile, a gang of three armed dacoits plundered Rs 320,000 from a famous fast food outlet in Saddar area yesterday.

Police lodged a case against unknown dacoits and started investigation. According to sources, three unidentified armed dacoits entered Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) at 01:00am and looted Rs 320,000 from the safes of the outlet, sources mentioned. Upon complaint, police reached the spot, collected evidence and recorded the statements of the manager and other staff.

Talking to The Nation, Station House Officer police station Cannt, Javed Iqbal confirmed the incident. He said at the time of dacoity, the food outlet was packed with customers. “Police lodged a case against the dacoits under section 392 PPC and have started investigation,” he said.