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Nawada: Nawada jail inmates went on a flash indefinite fast on Friday following the death of a convict undergoing life sentence. The inmates blamed the jail authorities for the death of ailing convict Arvind Singh at PMCH on Friday due to inordinate delay in referring him to that hospital.

Arvind was referred to PMCH on August 15, 2016, though he was ill since August 5. But he was first shifted to Nawada sadar hospital on August 11. Jail superintendent Ramadhar Singh refuted the claim that delay in treatment led to the death of Arvind. He said that Arvind was suffering from viral fever and every effort to give him best medical attention was made in the jail.

Arvind, a native of village Bhagwatpur under Kashichak police station, was sentenced to life for the murder of co-villager Pappu Singh in 2007, also a criminal. Ramadhar Singh informed that efforts were on to persuade the inmates to call off the fast. To drive home the point that the jail was sensitive to the health problems of the inmates, two inmates Rakesh Pandey of Nardiganj and Chhotu Ansari of Farha village were referred to sadar hospital. The two are suffering from flu.

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