Dubai Police Quell Prisoner Unrest in Ghusais

DUBAI – Police on Friday quelled a prisoner unrest at the Al Ghusais police station and evacuated inmates after some of them allegedly set fire to blankets.


Amira Agarib

Published: Sun 20 Dec 2009, 1:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:29 AM

Smoke billowing from the detention cells on the ground floor was noticed around 4.30pm. Fire brigades from Civil Defence stations in Ghusais, Hamriya and Rashidiya rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire.

Police and Civil Defence officers evacuated the cells and lined up the inmates in the police station’s compound. Some of the detainees, who inhaled smoke, were given first aid.

This is the second such incident since June when prisoners burnt newspapers and put others at risk. That protest caused a loss of Dh90,000.

Arif Bu Shaqra, Director of Ghusais Police Station, denied reports that some inmates had gone on a hunger strike. He said some of them were spreading rumours to fuel unrest and put pressure on police to give in to their illegal demands, but did not elaborate what the demands were.

He said officers inspected all cells in the four detention wards of the police station, which housed 190 detainees, but no drugs were found.

“Some detainees are contacting media and human rights associations and claiming that they are being subjected to abuse by the police because they us to allow illegal items into the cells.”

He said he was monitoring inmates’ conditions on a daily basis and recently some had demanded new detergents. “They wanted us to change the company which supplies food in the cells although it is one of the best companies. Some of them want their families to bring food from home. That is a way to bring in drugs.”

Shaqra said three days ago some detainees had demanded newspapers and shaving razors, but it was declined for reasons of security.

Al Falasi said the prisoners break cleaning equipment and damage surveillance cameras and lights when their demands are not met.

He said the police would meet only valid demands and would deal firmly with violence in prisons.


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