Guilty officials to face action over drugs, mobiles inside Punjab jails: Minister

Reining in: Also suggests change of terminology to tackle gangster culture.

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2018 11:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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Just before Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s visit, the Patiala jail staff launched a search inside the jail and found four mobile phones in the barracks; police registered an FIR against unidentified inmates.(HT File )

Punjab’s minister for jails, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, said during a visit here on Friday that recovery of any mobile phone or drugs inside the state’s prisons will invite immediate suspension of the official indicted, besides leading to stern action against the jail superintendent too. Further, Randhawa, who took over the department earlier this week, suggested that the word “gunda” (goon) be used, instead of “gangster”, for “anti-social elements in jails” so as to “not let the young generation be influenced by them”. He did not elaborate.

Just before his visit, the Patiala jail staff launched a search inside the jail and found four mobile phones in the barracks; police registered an FIR against unidentified inmates.

Randhawa was in town for the passing-out parade of the 85th batch of jail warders. He said “major” reforms are in store for the jail department “in the near future”, which would see “jails transformed into reform homes in the true sense”. He said, “Any Facebook live from inside the jail, or usage of narcotics, will mean action against the superintendent.”

‘Will cut staff crunch’

About the staffing, he said, “After a gap of 25 years, a batch of 148 warders has been recruited and has passed out. Staff shortage in jails will be completely resolved as the government will recruit more warders.” He also honoured the warders occupying top spots in various disciplines during training with trophies. Earlier, he paid homage at the memorial and visited the martyrs’ gallery of the jail department.

On the occasion, principal of the Punjab Jail Training School, Rajan Kapoor, apprised the minister of its achievements and future plans.

Among others present on the occasion were MLAs Madan Lal Jalalpur and Hardayal Singh Kamboj, mayor Sanjeev Bittu, ADGP (jails) Iqbalpreet Singh Sahota, district and sessions judge Sanjeev Berry, Punjabi University vice-chancellor BS Ghuman, divisional commissioner VK Meena, deputy commissioner Kumar Amit, and SSP S Bhupati.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 11:24 IST