Kozhikode

Vadakara sub jail to be moved to safer location

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New building to come up on around three acres of land.

Following security concerns, the Vadakara sub jail, which now functions in an old building constructed during the British period, is likely to be shifted to a new location. Around three acres of land, currently under the possession of the Irrigation Department, will be used for the construction of a new building for the sub jail. A proposal in this regard has been forwarded to the Land Revenue Commissioner.

Around 60 remand prisoners — mainly those charged under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act — are currently accommodated in the tile-thatched building at Vadakara. According to sources, the jail currently has a capacity to admit 20 people at a time. When overcrowded, it hardly meets security requirements.

Only 10 officers, including the Jail Superintendent, now handle the entire administrative and security affairs.

A senior officer attached to the Prisons Department here says the safe custody of the additional number of prisoners remains the biggest challenge. “Ten officers recruited as per the old staff pattern will no more be sufficient to meet the security concerns here,” he adds.

Not even basic comfort station facilities

Adding to the woes, the jail does not have even basic comfort station facilities for the additional prisoners. With the space crunch in cells, some of the prisoners are forced to occupy space outside and sleep there. The weak compound wall adds to the security concerns.

“The space constraint in Vadakara jail is also proving to be a burden for the district jail now. Many a time, the additional prisoners are sent to the district jail to ensure safe custody. We are also short of facilities to manage the additional strength,” says an officer attached to the Kozhikode District Jail.

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