Goa prison authorities probe assaults on undertrials

Panaji, Oct 13 (IANS) Prison authorities in Goa have started a probe into a series of alleged assaults on undertrials, some of them foreign nationals booked in narcotics possession cases, by jail guards, a top official said on Tuesday.

Speaking to IANS, Inspector General of Prisons Elvis Gomes said an enquiry had been ordered and a report had been sought from the prison authorities at the newly-commissioned Colvale central jail in north Goa.

“There are allegations that some prisoners were beaten up by guards sometime back. I have asked the jail superintendent at Colvale central jail to send a report,” Gomes said.

The allegations surfaced on Monday after a prison inmate, during a court hearing, informed the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances District and Sessions Judge Desmond D’Costa about the assault by jail guards.

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