Prisoners on hunger strike against Ghor jail staff behaviour
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Prisoners in the central jail of western Ghor province have gone on hunger strike, warning their protest would continue until their problems were resolved.
Through telephonic conversations, the prisoners told Pajhwok Afghan News jail staff misbehaved with inmates after the news about the supply of drugs inside the facility was leaked.
Officials had snatched radio and telephone sets from the prisoners, fearing some of the inmates might have talked to human rights campaigners, they complained.
Earlier, the head of the rehabilitation department at Ghor Civil Hospital had claimed the illicit substances were to prisoners with the connivance of the authorities.
The prisoners supported the claim, saying the officials concerned were involved in the transfer of drugs because they earned enough money from the shady business.
Abdul Aziz, an inmate, said the prisoners had been deprived of their due rights. He complained of the poor quality of food and their harsh living conditions.
But the prison chief rejected the allegations as baseless. Col. Abdul Basir Saeedi insisted there was no problem with food or other facilities provided for prisoners.
However, he acknowledged a shortage of wood and other items required for heating rooms. He said the prison administration provided 10 kilograms of wood to each inmate every 24 hours.
Over 200 people, including 55 women, are being held in the Ghor central jail on a variety of criminal charges. They complain of improper staff behaviour and lack of facilities.
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