Lucknow, Nov 15 (UNI) Amidst over 50 percent of shortage in man power along with absence of proper infrastructure, Uttar Pradesh director general of police, OP Singh, on Thursdays set 7 point administrative guidelines for the Prison Department.
Interestingly, after the cold blooded murder of dreaded don Munna Bajrangi inside Baghpat Jail, state government constituted three members committee under retired DGP Sulkhan Singh, but so far nothing
on ground has been done to improve the deteriorating condition in UP jails.
An official communiqué of the police department confirmed that in the meeting with the jail superintendents which included senior officers of the Prison Department and ADG (Prison) Chandra Prakash, the director general of police, the DGP, on Thursday directed the officials concerned to strictly restrict unauthorised persons visiting the prison campus or meeting the inmates insides and jail manual should be followed in this regard.
He asked that full personal records along with identity of the visitors to the jail should be maintained and that no prohibited items or eatables should be allowed to enter into the prison and if necessary, jammers should be installed to avert use of mobile phones or any other wireless devices.
Singh directed the officials to prepare a data base of all the inmates released on parole or bail, and the same be provided to the respective district police chiefs so that a vigil on their activities could be ensured. He asked the superintendents to ensure all security and safety measures at place and to verify whether the Close Circuit
Televisions (CCTVs) are properly working or not. He also asked to prepare a list of all hardened criminals lodged in the prison and to keep a tab on their day to day activities. Singh also ordered to make monthly check up of all prisons by senior officers and also to conduct audit of security measures.
It may be also mentioned here that just few days back, principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar, on record confirmed of over 50 percent shortage in man power in the Prison Department in the State. He claimed that at present, against 6490 posts of males constables in Prison department, 3514 posts are lying vacant while against 721 females staff, only 96 are doing their duty while the rest of the posts were vacant. Sources said that the department is working with just 4,350 personnel against a required strength of 9,000 needed to man the state’s 71 prisons. The staff shortage has only worsened over the years.
Sources further maintained that understaffed jails also have to deal with overcrowded prisons in the State. The total capacity of 71 prisons is 58,000 inmates but sources in the Department maintained that about 97000 inmates are lodged in jails. Sources also maintained that only 65 of 71 prisons have jail superintendent and even some Central jails were not having a prison superintendent. A senior officer on request of anonymity claimed that in the absence of staff, they rely on inmates with good record to manage jails.
This makes prison susceptible to all kinds of illegal activities which are not in accordance with the jail manual, the officer added while showing there helplessness to control the situation.
The Insides Speak.