‘Preventive measures undertaken to curb illegalities at Colvale jail’

NT NETWORK

Panaji

The prison authority
has claimed to have taken a number of preventive measures to curb illegalities
at the new modern Central Jail, Colvale.

Officials at the prison department stated that raids are
being conducted regularly in the cells in order to check presence of banned
articles, such as mobile phones, tobacco, intoxicating substances, weapons etc,
if by any means or out of sight have reached
the prisoners.

Referring to one of
measures, the officials said that in the recent past, accommodation and offices
of police personnel and jail staff have been shifted in the newly constructed
administrative block and their entry in the prison premises is restricted.

This has helped to control the alleged illegalities that
were going on in the prison, claimed the prison officials.

Elaborating on this, the officials said that initially,
when the Central Jail was commissioned in 2015, the IRBn (Indian reserve
battalion) personnel, escort cell and jail staff were accommodated in one of
the prison blocks of the jail, as a make-shift arrangement.

They were carrying their belongings along with them while
entering the main gate to perform duty, which has been one of the opportunities
for these personnel to carry out alleged malpractices in the prison, claimed
the prison officials.

However, in the recent past, the accommodation and
offices of all these agencies have been shifted in the newly constructed
administrative block.

According to the prisons officials, there is a 3-tier
frisking system adopted at the Central Jail, that is outer-ring and main gate
is manned by the IRBn personnel, where the frisking of inmates is carried out
during entry and exit. The jail executive staff up to the rank of assistant
superintendent and also visitors are frisked during their entry.

The second gate of prison is manned by the jail staff,
who carry out frisking of the inmates and the jail executive staff, while at
the third gate that is at the individual block of the jail, the duty head
guards conduct frisking of each and every individual who enters the block and
that the jail staffers who are performing duty inside the blocks are restricted
from carrying their cell phones.

Referring to other measures, the prison officials said
that there are door frame metal detectors, baggage scanner and handheld
detectors to take care of frisking process of the items/articles that are
brought in the prison.

These equipment are also used to frisk the visitors, staff
and jail inmates. The officials said that CCTV cameras have been installed in
the premises at all the sensitive points, which come handy during any untoward
incident for the investigation purpose.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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