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50 jail officials found guilty of drug smuggling in 2 yrs: ADG

PTI  Moga, June 02, 2014
First Published: 20:34 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 20:46 IST(2/6/2014)

At least 50 jail officials have been found guilty of smuggling drugs in various prisons in the last two years, the state jail department has said.

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"In last two years about 50 jail officials were found guilty of supplying drugs in various jails. Ten of these officials have been dismissed and disciplinary action is under process for the remaining 40," Rajpal Meena, Additional Director General Police Punjab (Prison), said here.

"Even some of Superintendents of Jail are also under scanner," he added.

The Jail Department is determined to check the menace and alleged inflow of drugs in prisons by initiating preventive measures, he said.

The respective jail authorities have so far shifted 100 suspected inmates to other jails for indulging in drug smuggling into the prison premises, the ADG said.

Meena said to prevent incidents of jail break, and smuggling of drugs and mobile phones into the prisons, the department has deployed an additional force of 824 security personnel, including 498 Punjab Home Guards and 220 Punjab Police staff.

As many as 658 ex-servicemen have also been deployed for frisking of visitors and jail staff at the outer gates of the jails, he said, adding that baggage scanners have also been installed at Amritsar Central Jail, Kapurthala Modern Jail, at Faridkot, Nabha and Sangrur jail.

The department has also put up 8 drug de-addiction centres at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Faridkot and Bathinda jails where about 14,357 inmates have so far been successfully treated.

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