Officials directed to ensure fool-proof security in prisons

Recently a 40-feet-long tunnel was found inside in Meerut jail putting the Govt. on its toes

State Govt. has brought the prison administration under the Home department, held by the CM

Allahabad: With increasing incidents of attempted jail-breaks in Uttar Pradesh, authorities here have issued directives to jail officials to take adequate measures for ensuring fool-proof security in prisons across the State.

“Directives have been issued to jail officials across the State to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of U.P. jail manual specifically dealing with strengthening prison administration and preventing inmates’ attempts to flee,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (prison reforms and administration), P.K. Tiwari said.

“The recent incident in Meerut jail, where a 40-feet-long tunnel was found inside some barracks has made us press the alarm button,” he said.

Jail authorities have to ensure that items like ladders, bamboo sticks etc used for various works inside its compounds are stored in safe custody, out of reach of the inmates.

Moreover, drains meant for discharge of waste water from the prisons shall now be inspected on a daily basis and a report in this regard shall be maintained by prison guards,” Mr. Tiwari added.

Jail authorities have been directed to avoid building garbage chutes inside the barracks as these may facilitate escape bids similar to that happened in Meerut.

“Where garbage chutes inside the barracks are unavoidable care is being taken to ensure that it is located far away from the boundary wall and septic tank and that it is visible from a good distance,” Mr. Tiwari said.

“Besides, branches of trees inside the jail premises are being pruned regularly. Barracks lying empty or under construction are being kept under strict vigil to keep a check on inmates’ activities in these secluded spots,” he said.

Visitors or labourers involved in works inside jails would be allowed entry only after intensive checking and thorough verification of their identity, Mr. Tiwari said.

“If forbidden items like mobile phones etc are recovered from inmate, the same shall be deposited with concerned SSP or assistant SP rank officer, who shall destroy the handset and the sim card only after obtaining thorough information about any possible misuse of the device,” he said.

Members of rival criminal gangs would not be lodged in same barrack to prevent brawls, Mr. Tiwari said adding armed guards equipped with walkie-talkie, binoculars and powerful torches are being deployed at search towers to keep tab on inmates’ movements after nightfall.

Meanwhile, the State Government has for the first time brought prison administration under the Home department, a portfolio being held by the Chief Minister.

“In order to send a strong message that no lawlessness would be tolerated inside jails and any type of indiscipline would be tackled sternly, the State Government has, through the Director General of Police (prison reforms and administration), directed the officials to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines,” Mr. Tiwari added. -- PTI