With increased instances of mobile phones being recovered from jail inmates, CCTV cameras will soon dot the walls of the Ludhiana Central Jail. This was announced by minister for jails Sohan Singh Thandal, as he visited the jail premises, on Tuesday. Police had, on Sunday, recovered a mobile phone from one of the inmates during a routine check. Thandal further announced that Rs 15 crore had been allocated for the installation of CCTV cameras in different jails of the state.
Thandal was here to visit Muslim inmates during the month of Ramzan. He said jail authorities face numerous hiccups in absence of proper surveillance, following which they had requested the ministry to install CCTV cameras.
“There have been instances of recovery of mobile phones and drugs from inmates that calls for proper surveillance inside jail premises,” said Thandal. While talking to the media, Thandal said, “I have been informed that jammers that deter the use of mobiles have not been functioning properly. A separate budget for installing new jammers will soon be allocated.”
At the beginning of the visit, the minister met inmates and visited the barracks. He also met officials of Punjab Police Housing Corporation to discuss the construction work of new barracks with him. The minister told the officials that the inmates should be paid daily wages on time. “This is the first project that is handled entirely by inmates of any jail in the state,” said Thandal.