The Uttarakhand prison department will install high-end closed circuit television (CCTV) camera surveillance system in jails across the state to ramp up security, a top official said on Wednesday.
As a part of the plan, full HD (high-definition) cameras will be installed at all the 10 jails of the state, including in district jails in Dehradun, Haridwar, Chamoli, Nainital, Pauri, Tehri and Almora, central prison in Sitarganj and sub-jails in Haldwani and Roorkee, said state inspector general of prisons PVK Prasad.
“Some jails already have camera set ups and we are looking to extend it to all the prisons now. The move (to establish a functioning CCTV camera surveillance system in each of the prisons) is a part of long-pending plan to modernize the prisons,” he told Hindustan Times.
According to the Uttarakhand jail authorities, each barrack in the prisons will have one or two cameras --depending upon the size of barracks--while motion detection cameras will be installed along the periphery of the inner and outer wall of the prisons to detect any movement in the areas.
Cameras will be installed both inside and outside the jails, with the latter being weather-proof and equipped with night vision. A trained jail staff will man the system.
“The installation work is expected to cost more than ₹5 crore,” Prasad said.
More than 4,600 inmates are currently lodged across the 10 jails in Uttarakhand.
Instances of prisoners escaping from jails or police custody, beside suicides by inmates and suspicious activities by prisoners have been reported in the state in the past.
Last month, a murder convict, serving life sentence, escaped from the Sampoornanand open jail in Udham Singh Nagar’s Sitarganj.
In January this year, a prisoner allegedly committed suicide in Haridwar jail.
In November 2016, a jailer of the Chamoli prison was suspended after it was found that his mobile phone was allegedly used by a criminal lodged there, for threatening a Roorkee-based businessman.
In January 2015, two inmates committed suicide in Haridwar and Chamoli jails while in the same year, two others escaped from the Sitarganj open jail.