YES! Jails serve as den for dreaded criminals where they get enough time to expand their network.
Hard core criminals were chalking out strategies for kidnapping, extortion and murder inside the Naini Jail here and also getting them executed. This had been going on since long and would continue as long as required laws were not framed to check this menace, said DIG Jail DD Misra in a candid exposure of what was going on inside most of the jails in the country.
'We are not there to check the crime being committed by criminals outside the Jails. It is the job of the police and they are failing in their duty and putting the blame on Jail authorities' said Mishra.
Commenting on the news in a section of the Press about the move to shift Rajesh Yadav, a hardened criminal, to some other Jail because he was talking to criminals and his contacts in the underworld through mobile phones, he said there was no evidence to suggest that Rajesh was talking to people through a mobile as no mobile set was found in his possession during the raid conducted by the DM and the SSP recently.
Though a mobile phone was found abandoned in a hedge but this does not mean it belonged to Rajesh. However, he agreed that the mobile had found its way inside the jail through some guard or constable. He said, action was in the offing against some persons in this case.
He said, the criminals inside the jail were chalking out strategies for their nefarious activities and getting them executed through the men who come to meet them as visitors. He said legally there were no checks and balances on visitors coming to the jail to meet undertrials and convicts.
Anybody after fulfilling the procedure can come and meet any jail inmate. Three persons can come and meet any jail inmate once in a week. It was through them that the criminals were sending out their plans to their contacts and making money out of deals. Such things can only be checked if law for visitors was framed in such a manner that no undesirable element could come and meet the criminals.
Once lodged in the jail the criminal under such a law should be required to furnish a list of visitors with their photographs and the antecedents of the visitors should be checked by the police. It is only then that things could be controlled, he added.
As far as the shifting of Rajesh Yadav or any other criminal was concerned he said, the DM is empowered to order shifting of a criminal to any neighbouring jail. In case he has to be shifted far way the governments permission and DM's sanction becomes necessary, he informed.