− 15 prisoners sustain minor injuries
Pandemonium broke out at the Lusignan penitentiary, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Sunday after a fire was reportedly set in one of the holding areas by protesting inmates after a team was dispatched to probe the discovery of narcotics.
The fire was reported set just after noon on Sunday, thus leaving several inmates trapped in the inferno.
Police later confirmed that at least 15 prisoners received minor injuries and were being treated. Guyana Times understands that the inmates might have suffered from severe smoke inhalation with a few being rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital to receive further medical attention.
When Guyana Times attempted to visit the area, the news entity and others were blocked by a barricade that was set up some distance away from the prison. It was
particularly difficult to see what was happening.
However, based on information gathered, the fire, which started in one section of the facility, quickly spread to other areas, thus causing chaos among inmates.
As a result of the riot coupled with the fire, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) and Joint Services were immediately summoned to maintain order. The inmates were quickly relocated to a secure area in the compound under heavy guard.
Several areas in the facility were completely destroyed as a result of the fire. This development will affect close to 300 inmates.