Increased vigil, CCTVs, pruned trees among jail reforms in MP

More guards, CCTVs and pruning of trees are among measures being taken to tighten the security of jails in Madhya Pradesh, a week after eight SIMI men were gunned down following their escape from Bhopal Central Jail.

bhopal Updated: Nov 08, 2016 08:27 IST
Kalyan Das, Bhopal
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An official, who wished not to be named, told HT that 48 additional guards have been deployed to watch over the remaining 21 SIMI men lodged in the jail.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT file photo)

More guards, CCTVs and pruning of trees are among measures being taken to tighten the security of jails in Madhya Pradesh, a week after eight SIMI men were gunned down following their escape from Bhopal Central Jail.

The measures were decided during a meeting of director general of police (jail) Sanjay Choudhary with the state’s jail superintendents on Friday.

Choudhary had ordered a security audit of all the 122 jails in the state before their upgrade, which also includes increasing the height of boundary walls with electrical fencing.

Early on October 31, eight SIMI men lodged in Bhopal Central Jail killed a warder and locked up another before climbing the wall using a ladder by tying up bedsheets and logs cut from trees in the jail campus. They were gunned down by police in an alleged encounter later in the morning.

An official, who wished not to be named, told HT that 48 additional guards have been deployed to watch over the remaining 21 SIMI men lodged in the Jail’s A and B blocks.

“Earlier, where there were two guards, there are now at least five guards to keep a tab on the SIMI inmates,” he said, adding that the three main gates inside each of their blocks would be manned by a guard.

Guards of Special Armed Forces (SAF) would also be stationed at the guard tower near the blocks, he said.

Nine of the remaining SIMI men, who are lodged in the Jail’s B block from where the eight ultras escaped, are not allowed to move freely now and are provided food inside their cells, he said.

The jail administration has also pruned some of the trees in the campus.

“The Peepal, Neem, Guava and Gooseberry trees planted inside the blocks where the SIMI men are lodged have been pruned so that nobody can use their branches to escape the boundary wall,” the official revealed, adding that the vigil has been increased manifold now.

He also said that guards would now take over charge from those on the previous shifts only after ensuring that everything is in place and there has been no security breach.

“Almost 80 % of the staff in the jail would soon be replaced by the staff of other jails and the old ones would be transferred to other jails,” he said.

ON GUARD

At least five guards to keep a tab on the SIMI inmates, earlier there were just two guards

The three main gates inside each of their blocks would be manned by a guard.

Guards of Special Armed Forces (SAF) would also be stationed at the guard tower near the blocks

The jail administration has also pruned some of the trees in the campus

Guards would now take over charge from those on the previous shifts only after ensuring that everything is in place and there has been no security breach.

First Published: Nov 08, 2016 08:27 IST