Muslim inmates in the Pattani Prison rioted Monday morning, killing one Buddhist inmate and injuring two others.
Pattani Deputy Governor Lertkiart Wongphophan said the Muslim inmates rioted out of anger that Buddhist inmates, who were appointed as assistant prison officials, had allegedly rationed foods unfairly to them.
The riot took place at about 8.20am. The Pattani Central Prison has about 2,000 inmates. Some of the inmates have been transferred from Narathiwat and Yala.
About 300 police were deployed to try to control the situation, Lertkiart said. Officials managed to rescue the injured inmates and they were rushed to hospital, the deputy governor said.
The authorities had yet to retrieve the body of the slain inmate, identified as Phanuwat Khong-in. At press time, negotiations between the provincial governor and the inmates was still ongoing.
The deputy governor said the rioting inmates submitted a seven-point demand. These are: that the prison relax the rules for controlling the inmates; the prison must appoint Muslim inmates to be in charge of kitchen and the assistant prison officials, who check belongings of visiting relatives, must be Muslims only.
The work assignment system of the prison must be changed. The officials in charge of work assignment for prisoners must be changed and Buddhist inmates, who are working as assistant prison officials and have had conflicts with Muslim inmates, must be transferred to other prisons.
The last demand was that the Muslim inmates, who took part in the riot, must not be transferred.