At the least 51 inmates died and 30 folks had been injured at a jail in Colombia, after a hearth broke out throughout a riot on Tuesday, the nation’s high jail official stated.
Gen. Tito Castellanos, director of the Nationwide Penitentiary and Jail Institute, told Radio Nacional de Colombia that inmates within the Tuluá jail, in southwestern Colombia, had set mattresses on hearth, producing an uncontrollable blaze in a pavilion that held about 180 prisoners.
“It’s a unhappy and disastrous occasion,” Common Castellanos advised Caracol, one other Colombian broadcaster.
Two guards had been amongst these injured, in response to officers, who stated the riot was staged as a part of an unsuccessful escape try.
The native hearth brigade acquired the alarm at about 1:35 a.m., Azarías Medina Hincapié, commander of the Tuluá Hearth Division, stated in an interview. He added that 25 folks had been transported to close by hospitals for therapy of burns and smoke inhalation, at the very least two of whom died.
The jail homes 1,267 inmates and is 17 % over capability, in response to the jail company. Ten of the 11 pavilions that make up the jail weren’t concerned within the hearth.
In 2020, greater than 20 inmates died at La Modelo jail within the Colombian capital, Bogotá, in clashes with the establishment’s authorities over what prisoners stated had been inadequate coronavirus precautions.
This yr, the Ombudsman’s Workplace of Colombia, which oversees civil and human rights within the nation, stated that the jail system was overcrowded, with about 96,000 inmates — about 20 % over capability.
The ombudsman, Carlos Camargo, proposed an overhaul of the system to permit “the success of the needs of custody and safety of human rights.”
“Insufficient areas, illnesses, stress prevail among the many inmates,” Mr. Camargo stated in an announcement in March. “This interprets into fights and rebellion makes an attempt, which is why we urge complete reform of the penitentiary and jail system.”
Colombia’s president, Iván Duque, wrote on Twitter, that “we remorse the occasions that occurred within the jail of Tuluá,” and stated that he was involved with Common Castellanos. “I’ve given directions to hold out investigations to make clear this horrible state of affairs,” Mr. Duque added. “My solidarity to the households of the victims.”
The president-elect, Gustavo Petro — who would be the first leftist to steer the nation — wrote on Twitter that what had occurred in Tuluá, “just like the bloodbath in La Modelo, forces a whole rethinking of jail coverage when it comes to the humanization of the jail and the dignity of the prisoner.”
“The Colombian state has considered jail as an area for revenge and never for rehabilitation,” he added.
Many hours after the blaze was put out, the identities of the victims had not been launched, and relations of the prisoners gathered reverse the Tuluá jail in hopes of studying about their members of the family.
“I don’t know something, they received’t allow us to in. We wish justice,” Maria Eugenia Rojas, the mom of 23-year-old Luis Miguel Rojas who was held on the pavilion the place the fireplace broke out, told Noticias Caracol, tears working down her face.