Srinagar: Angry inmates set fire to shelter inside the Srinagar Central Jail after rumours spread that some prisoners were being shifted to jails outside the Kashmir Valley, police said on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday night.
Police personnel rushed to the prison to help authorities bring the situation under control, reported IANS.
“There were no casualties or injuries,” the police added.
Officials said that the inmates were also protesting against the construction of new barracks. During protests, they burned down a temporary shelter. There were also reports of gas cylinder explosions.
Local media quoted Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, who is also DG Prisons, as saying that some inmates incited others to stop the repair work inside a barrack.
They also reportedly tried to come to the outer cordon of the jail in the downtown area of the city, officials said. After the tensions escalated, senior police officers and companies of the CRPF were rushed to the jail to bring the situation under control.
The jail houses 480 inmates.