The Rajasthan government on Thursday removed the Jaipur Central Jail Superintendent and a deputy jailor from duty and placed two other prison officials under suspension following the alleged murder of a Pakistani convict, Shakir Ullah, in a prison cell on Wednesday. A case of murder has been registered against four jail inmates.

Shakir Ullah, 50, hailing from Pakistan’s Sialkot, was serving life sentence in the Central Jail here after his conviction under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2017. He was brought here in 2011 from a Punjab jail, where he was incarcerated as a member of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. He was allegedly killed in a brawl with other inmates.

A case was registered at Lal Kothi police station here against the accused – Kulwinder Singh, Manoj Pratap, Bhajan Meena and Ajit Singh – and the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was informed. Inspector-General of Prisons Rupinder Singh is investigating the case.

Civil rights groups here have condemned the incident.

Jail Superintendent Sanjay Yadav and Deputy Jailor Jagdish Sharma were removed from duty and asked to wait for their new posting orders, while head warden Baidyanath Sharma and warden Ramswaroop were placed under suspension. Rakesh Mohan Sharma has been posted as the new Jail Superintendent.

A five-member board conducted the post-mortem under the supervision of a Judicial Magistrate on Thursday and the body of the deceased was kept in the mortuary of the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here.

Civil rights groups here have condemned the incident, saying Shakir Ullah was murdered as the result of an “increasing hate environment”, the latest trigger being the Pulwama terror attack. The People’s Union for Civil Liberties demanded security for all prisoners, particularly the “vulnerable ones” like the Pakistani and Kashmiri inmates who could become victims of aggression.

Security has been stepped up in all the jails in the State where Pakistani nationals are lodged. At present, 18 Pakistani prisoners are lodged in the State’s jails and seven of them are in Jaipur.

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