In February alone, 79 inmates died in simultaneous riots in four prisons.
Following the September incidents, other inmates have been killed, pushing the total number of inmates who have died in prison riots to over 300 dead people so far this year.
On Saturday, inmates' relatives crowded outside the prison to demand protection while carrying banners reading "they are human beings, help them."
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