Key proposals for jail security await MP govt’s approval
Two key proposals pertaining to jail security — installing cell phone jammers at Bhopal Central Jail and the construction of a high-security jail on the Indore-Ujjain road — are yet to receive the state government’s nod.indore Updated: Nov 09, 2016 12:46 IST
Two key proposals pertaining to jail security — installing cell phone jammers at Bhopal Central Jail and the construction of a high-security jail on the Indore-Ujjain road — are yet to receive the state government’s nod.
While the high security jail on a hillock at Sanwer on Indore’s outskirts has been pending since 2014, the proposal of cell phone jammers has been stuck since 2015, sources in Madhya Pradesh jail department told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
The delay in clearing of the two key proposals assume significance in the light of the jailbreak by eight suspected SIMI operatives and their gunning down by police in an encounter the same day.
When contacted, DG (Jail) Sanjay Choudhary, while confirming the pendency of both security-related proposals, added that the government is reconsidering both the proposals for their implementation.
According to sources, the proposal to the Sanwer high-security jail at a cost of `120 crores was mooted by the jail department in 2014. The department pitched the same to the state in 2014, after which the proposal was sent to the Centre for funding and clearance. The Centre, however, asked Madhya Pradesh to fund the construction out of funds sanctioned by the 14th Finance Commission.
The proposal was subsequently revisited by the jail department and the cost was revised to `150 crores before being sent for the state government’s clearance in 2015.
According to a former official of the MP jail department, the high-security jail would have served as an ideal isolated and secure place to house terror suspects and other hardened criminals.
Meanwhile, the proposal to install jammers for blocking any possible use of cellphones inside the Bhopal Central Jail was sent by jail department to state government in 2015. The proposal still pending clearance assumes significance as the investigators are probing the possibility of the use of cell phones by the SIMI operatives in the jail before the jailbreak.
High security jail on a hillock at Sanwer on Indore’s outskirts has been pending since 2014.
Installing cell phone jammers at Bhopal Central Jail, stuck with the state since 2015.