MP: Just eggplants, rotis on Chachora sub-jail menu for a month
Days after the jail administration prohibited prisoners’ family members and relatives from bringing outside food items for them in all the jails of the state, inmates of a sub-jail at Chachora town in Guna district have accused the prison administration of giving them only eggplants and chapattis for about a month.bhopal Updated: Dec 17, 2016 10:28 IST
Days after the jail administration prohibited prisoners’ family members and relatives from bringing outside food items for them in all the jails of the state, inmates of a sub-jail at Chachora town in Guna district have accused the prison administration of giving them only eggplants and chapattis for about a month.
Due to this poor food quality, many of them are suffering from piles and they alleged they are not getting proper treatment. In addition, they also complained that whenever they raise their voices against the poor food quality, they are beaten and harassed by jail authorities.
The prohibition was implemented with effect from last Friday after it had issued a circular about its implementation in all the 122 jails of the state including central jails, district jails and sub-jails.
It came to light after additional district magistrate (ADM) of Guna, Niyaz Ahmad Khan, made a surprise inspection of the sub-jail on Wednesday. The sub-jail has a capacity of 74 people but currently it houses 72 inmates.
Jail officials sold pulses to outside people
“There were many irregularities inside the jail including improper food and unhygienic toilets for the inmates. I came to know about the food after I spoke to some of the inmates. They also complained that they are not getting sufficient food and said they are beaten and harassed when they protest for it (food),” Khan told HT on Friday, adding he found the allegations right after visiting the sub-jail’s kitchen.
“I found only egg-plants and no other vegetables in the kitchen. In addition, I also found pulses which were not being given to inmates. Jail officials allegedly would sell them to people outside,” said Khan, adding that the quality of rice kept in the kitchen was also very bad and he has sent the sample of the same for further inspection.
No proper toilet facilities for inmates
Khan also said that apart from food, there were also no proper toilet facilities as only one out of a total of five toilets was usable due to filth.
“After the inspection I immediately sent a medical team to the jail to provide proper treatment to the sick inmates. I have also submitted a report of findings to the district magistrate and have asked the sub-divisional magistrate to ensure inmates are given proper food and facilities according to the norms and regulations,” added Khan.
When contacted, director general (jail) Sanjay Choudhary said proper action would be taken in the matter. “If the inspection report is given to us, then we would definitely take proper action. There is a proper diet chart for inmates and I will ensure they are given food according to it,” said Choudhary.