CCTV cameras to be installed in 38 jails in Madhya Pradesh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 05, 2014 21:54 IST

In its bid to check the rising incidents of violence on the premises of prisons, MP's jail department on Friday decided to install CCTV cameras in 38 jails.

Sources in the jail department said while the central jails in major cities of MP are under 24x7 CCTV camera surveillance, the system needs to be strengthened.

The central jails in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar and Ujjain are equipped with the CCTV cameras.

The jails at Barwani, Narsinghpur, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and the Indore district jail would be equipped with CCTV cameras, said jail officials.

Though the Indore central jail, which has the CCTV cameras witnessed the murder of a prisoner on Thursday, officials felt that more CCTV cameras would ensure better discipline among prisoners and help check such incidents.

Besides, in case of any untoward incident, the officials will have the evidence to identify the troublemakers but cameras would not be installed in barracks.

The Khandwa jailbreak in 2013 had also prompted the officials to enhance camera surveillance in prisons.

Talking to HT, director general (DG) of prisons, Surendra Sinh, said 38 jails would be brought under CCTV surveillance in stages.

"The control rooms will be set up on the jails premises and staff would be deployed in different shifts," Sinh further said.

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