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Jail minister pitches for more security in state prisons

kolkata Updated: Sep 19, 2012 13:40 IST
HT Correspondent

In order to tighten security in three central jails in Kolkata and its outskirts a meeting was held at the state secretariat on Tuesday.

Apart from jail minister Sankar Chakraborty, state home secretary Basudeb Banerjee, director general of state CID V V Thambi and IGprison Ranvir Kumar, officers from Kolkata police also were present at the meeting. Soon, a three-tier security arrangement is going to be formed in Dumdum, Alipore and Presidency central jails.

Earlier IG-prison and a top officer of CID visited Tihar Jail and inspected its security system. They submitted a report to the state government. It was decided that if a three-tier security system was implemented the security in these jails would be looked after by jail staff, policemen and paramilitary force like central industrial security force (CISF). “The paramilitary force will be deployed outside the jails as the third part of this security system,” an officer said.

Recently, two Bangladeshi prisoners escaped from Aipore jail. Repeatedly jail authorities recovered cell-phones and SIM cards from jail inmates. These incidents question the intensity and nature of surveillance practiced in such jails.

“In these three central jails, high-profile criminals like Aftab Ansari, Sadanala Ramkrishna, Telugu Deepak and others are lodged. They have been kept under high security. To stop incidents like escape such a security system is necessary. It was also decided that cellphone jammer will be installed in these jails,” the officer said.

Security measures in other jails of the state and the scanty police force guarding these jails are the other issues discussed in the meeting.