Deputy Inspector of General (Prisons) V.S. Raja said additional personnel will be deputed at the Mangalore District Prison after disturbance in a cell on Sunday.

Mr. Raja was at the prison on Monday to enquire into the attack by prison inmates on policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police, when they had to assist prison authorities to move Faizal and Talat, the two prison inmates, from Mangalore to the prison in Dharwad.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Raja said the prison personnel at the Mangalore District Prison were fewer compared to the number of prison inmates. “There is shortage of around 20 personnel. We will be making arrangements to depute personnel from other prison.” Mr. Raja said he will discuss with Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) K.V. Gagandeep about increasing the number of personnel at the Mangalore District Prison.

Presently there are as many as 330 inmates in three separate blocks in the prison. Mangalore District Prison Superintendent P.S. Ramesh said as per the model prison manual one prison warder (a post similar to police constable) was need to look after as many as 10 inmates.

“There is shortage at the level of prison warder, who looks after day-to-day activities of inmates in the prison. We need more warders than the number sanctioned,” he said.

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