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Brawl over TV volume for ‘item song’ led to Pak prisoner’s murder at Jaipur Central Jail

Prisoners did not want to turn the TV down when an item song from Haryana dancer Sapna Choudhary was being played. When Pakistani’s prisoner Shakir protested, some inmates got into a fight with him.

February 22, 2019, 1:19 pm

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A medical team entering Jaipur Central Jail after the murder of Pak prisoner Shakir Ullah aka Mohammed Hanif (in the inset)

Jaipur: The murder of Pakistani prisoner identified as Shakir Ullah (45) at Jaipur Central Jail on Wednesday hogged the headlines in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. It was assumed that the prisoner was murdered in an outrageous reaction against the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. But the investigation has reportedly revealed that the two groups of prisoners fought over an item song that was being played on the TV in the jail’s common room. The fight between Shakir Ullah and the other inmates started due to the television volume, eyewitnesses have reportedly told the investigators. Prisoners did not want to turn the TV down when an item song from Haryana dancer Sapna Choudhary was being played. When Pakistani’s prisoner Shakir protested, some inmates got into a fight with him. “When a song of famous Haryana’s performer Sapna Choudhary was being played on TV, a prisoner named Ajeet turned up the volume. Shakir was resting in his cell and asked Ajeet to turn the volume down. But Ajeet did not oblige and turned up the volume even more,” said an officer pleading anonymity. “Shakir hit Ajeet on the later’s hand. A fight started between Ajeet and Shakir over the issue and became so intense that other inmates along with Ajeet killed Shakir on the spot by hitting him on his head with a stone,” said the officer. The Rajasthan government removed Jaipur jail superintendent and a jailor from duty, while suspended two other prison officials following the murder of Pakistan prisoner Shakir Ullah aka Mohammed Hanif. Security has been stepped up at all the prisoners in Rajasthan where Pak nationals are lodged. After the death of Shakir Ullah, there are 18 other Pak prisoners lodged in Rajasthan jails, seven of them in Jaipur alone. Two are lodged in Jodhpur, while one in Kota

First published: February 22, 2019