Prisons in Orissa's riot-torn Kandhamal district are over crowded and are facing difficulties in accommodating the increasing number of inmates as the administration continues its crackdown to apprehend those involved in violence and arson.
Over 625 people were rounded up by the police so far their alleged involvement in the riots that brokeout after the killing of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his followers on August 23. The arrest drive was launched about a week ago.
"The prisons in Kandhamal district are over-crowded and we are planning to shift some of the inmates to a jail in ganjam district to reduce the burden," said state's Inspector General of Police (Prisons) V Thyagarajan.
At least 40 prisoners from the sub-jail at G Udayagiri were shifted to the sub-jail at Digapahandi in Ganjam district on Friday.
Tyagrajan has visited all the three jails located in the strife-torn district and discussed with the inmates their problems.
While two sub jails are located at Baliguda and G Udayagiri, the district jail is situated at Phulbani, the district headquater town.