The recent shooting incident at Indore’s central jail has led the authorities to beef up security and also shift notorious inmates to other prisons. But, the dilapidated structure of the 137-year-old jail building, staff shortage and overcrowding are major impediments in increasing security.
The grim situation inside the jail can be gauged from the fact that even after 500 prisoners were shifted to Barwani and other sub-jails in the division, there are more than 2,500 convicts and under trials lodged in the jail. This number is more than two-and-a-half times the capacity of the jail.
Out of total 2500 inmates lodged in Central jail here, around 1800 are serving sentence while remaining are under trials.
On shifting of notorious inmates to other jails, jail superintendent Gopal Tamrekar told HT: "It’s a routine process and we never allow notorious inmates to stay at one place for long time as they might form their own gang and that could raise problems inside the prison."
"However, after the shootout, we received instructions from jail headquarters to tighten security and take specific measures to avert any such incident," Tamrekar added.