The Madhya Pradesh (MP) jail department would soon raise quick action team(QAT) to tackle emergency situations like rioting, arson and attempt of jail break by the inmates lodged in the jails of state, said the officials of jail department on Friday.
The MP jail department is working on measures to enhance the security in jails of the state after the sensational jail break at Bhopal Central Jail by eight SIMI suspects on the intervening night of October 30 and October 31. The eight SIMI suspects before escaping the jail killed a jail guard by slitting his throat with a sharpened weapon fashioned out of kitchen utensils. They allegedly scaled the jail’s about 25 ft boundary wall with the help of a ladder which they made by tying bedsheets and wooden planks.
“The QAT will be a highly effective and efficient team of 300 men to tackle the emergency situations and prevent situations like Bhopal Central Jail break in the future. Initially they would be deployed at the important jails of the state having ‘high risk offenders’ ,” said director general (jail), Sanjay Choudhary while speaking to HT.
He further told HT that the team would be raised on the lines of the special armed force (SAF) of the MP police.
“The whole idea is in the initial stage and had been discussed with the authorities concerned who have asked us to give them a detailed proposal of the formation of QAT. The QAT would be an armed unit and would be given training by our in-house trainers as well as the police department. The QAT personnel would be having semi-automatic and small arms, but not the fully automatic ones,” said Choudhary.
About the deployment of the unit’s personnel, Choudhary said that they would deployed at the major central jails and other district jails based on the threat perception.
“The armed unit would be raised in accordance with the latest Model Prison Manual and would follow the new jail manual which would be introduced soon after the suggestions are received from the Bhopal-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, an autonomous Institution of the state government,” said Choudhary.
The state has sought suggestions from the institute for required amendments in the manual after the incident of jail break from Bhopal Central Jail in the wee hours of October 31.
Speaking about the structure of the new unit which would raised soon, Choudhary said that the unit would comprise deputy superintendents of jail, assistant jailor, an assistant sub-inspector level officer, head warders and warders.
“The authorities concerned in the state government have okayed the concept and we would soon give them a detailed proposal mentioning the funds needed for the salaries, uniforms, arms and ammunitions among many. This is a long term concept and once the funds are released by the government, the unit would be raised in one to one and a half years,” said Choudhary adding that the unit would be comprising male recruits only as the jail department has enough female jail staff to handle women inmates in the jails of the state.
After the jail break incident, the jail administration is conducting a security audit of all the jails in the state after which security enhancement measures would be implemented in them. The security audit team includes members of the public works department (PWD) and IT experts who after the completion of the audit would suggest the required security measures to the jail department.