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India: inmates in Bagalkot prison go on hunger strike, demand better quality food

Ruckus erupted in the Bagalkot Central Prison on Thursday as under-trial prisoners decided to go on a hunger strike.

As many as 173 undertrials skipped lunch and demanded that action be taken against prison staff who assaulted two prisoners.

Jail Superintendent, SD Shodhagar, said that the prisoners were unhappy with the quality of the food.

“On Wednesday night, while the kitchen was being inspected, two of the prison staff found mobile phones on two prisoners. When they questioned them about it, the argument got out of hand, which led to a physical fight. The two inmates and two prison staff were admitted to the Bagalkot District Hosital, where they are undergoing treatment,” Shodhagar said.

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