Muzaffarpur: As many as 892 prisoners have died in the time period of 2006-11 in various prisons of Bihar including 38 inmates in Muzaffarpur jail. Amit Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarpur, had sought this information under the RTI Act.

According to the data revealed, 249 jailbirds died after being held guilty by the courts while 581 who died are still facing trial.

The report also says that, in 2006, a total of 208 prisoners died in the state out of which 68 were convicts. In 2007, out of 178 deaths, 58 were convicted and the details of four deaths are not available.

Similarly in 2008 out of the 118 deaths reported, 29 were convicted. In 2010, out of 94 prisoners, 25 convicts died and detailed information about 18 of them is not available. And out of 85 deaths in 2011, 32 were convicted.

These figures highlight the lack of medical facilities given to the prisoners. In many of the jails, till a prisoner becomes critical no medical aid is provided.

Rebutting the allegation on jail administration, Jail Superintendent of Muzaffarpur Vishwanath Prasad said, “There are 1722 prisoners at Amar Shahid Khudiram Bose Central jail and immediate medical treatment is given if a prisoner falls sick. All the prisoners are provided meals as per the menu and special dishes are served on particular occasions.”

JPN/Bureau