The escape of two murder convicts from the Bhopal central jail agricultural farm on Friday has prompted the Madhya Pradesh jail department to consider introducing a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled prisoner tracking system in all its central jails.
If the idea, which was mooted during the visit of senior jail department officials to Bhopal central jail on Saturday becomes a reality, then MP will perhaps be the first state in the country to introduce the GPS-enabled prisoner tracking system on the lines of United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
According to deputy inspector general of prisons (law) RS Vijayvargiya, he and senior jail department officials, including the director general of jails Vijay Kumar Singh inspected the Bhopal central jail and its sprawling farm on Saturday in the wake of the Friday evening escape by the two convicts, Ganpat and Ram Lal, who were serving a life sentence.
Vijayvargiya told Hindustan Times that a number of measures were discussed to prevent the recurrence of any such incident.
“Just like in the US, UK and Australia, where they have been successfully using the GPS-enabled system to keep tab on all prisoners who work on jail farms, we too can replicate the system in at least 11 central jails of MP, where prisoners showing good conduct or parole-bound inmates are sent to work on big jail farms,” he said.
The advanced tracking system uses GPS-enabled ankle bracelet monitors fitted to prisoners and the controlling switch is kept by the jail guards. “Once any prisoner crosses the limit of 30 feet, the controlling switch with the guard emits a beeping sound, alerting him or her of any prospect of escape by the prisoner,” the DIG said. Vijayvargiya added the GPS-enabled system now functional in other countries will be studied in detail first, after which a report and proposal will be sent to the government for its introduction in the 11 central jails of the state.
The 11 central jails, including Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Sagar and Narsinghpur, have big agricultural farms, where parole-bound prisoners or those being rewarded for good conduct are sent to work.