The ease with which Nabha jailbreak was executed by gangsters, has surprised many but not the officials of the now infamous jail, who are a worried lot now.
The jail staffers, retired officials and the jail sources claim that such plans can’t be executed without the “involvement” of senior officials in the crime.
“Only low level employees are being held responsible while the higher officials are being protected whereas such acts can’t be conducted without their support,” said a member of the jail staff.
He said the higher officials were aware of the materials being smuggled inside the jail but they allowed it despite bans in place.
The jail superintendent and deputy superintendent both remained absent on the day of the attack. And so far, only warder, head warder and assistant superintendent have been booked and inquired. The superintendent and deputy superintendent have been dismissed for being absent but no charges have been put on them.
Politicians’ backing to gangsters
“A jail inmate warned a jail official of adverse results after an argument occurred between them and the employee was transferred to Gurdaspur from New District Jail in Nabha within hours,” said, an employee.
Grated between senior officials and dreaded criminals, a few members have also been beaten up inside the jail. The jail employees also question the shortage of staff by 60% and said such a scarcity of human resources is deliberately sustained. They also revealed that some of the surveillance towers are manned by the prisoners.
“The PESCO retired ex servicemen get less than half the payment mentioned in the contract and the rest is divided,” said a retired jail official. “Why would a retired ex serviceman feel responsible for such tough and risky job,” he added.
Escapees used to sit in superintendent’s office
The sources said the escapees had immunity to inspection at many days and they used to sit in the offices of superintendent and deputy superintendent for hours whenever they wanted. They said escapees before the attack were already in the ‘deodi’, where some of the senior officials have their office. There are two locked barriers before the deodi ; locked barrack and check post gate. How the inmates managed to cross these two barriers which need officials approval to open for them.