Effective steps initiated for security of jails
The Jail Department, Punjab, recovered 1086 mobile phones from various jails of the State in the year 2019 adhering to the directives of the Jails Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. The department also initiated strict action in accordance with the provisions enshrined in the law against its personnel found negligent in discharging their duties.
Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that the minister had given clear cut directions that no compromise would be made in respect of the security of jails and no laxity in this regard would be tolerated. Adopting ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach with regard to this, the jail department maintained strict vigil and conducted checkings at the regular intervals with the aid of sophisticated equipment which lead to the recovery of a total of 1086 mobile phones till 23rd December, 2019. Out of these, 338 mobiles were recovered from Central Jail Ludhiana, 109 from Ferozepur, 107 from Kapurthala, 96 from Faridkot, 95 from Amritsar, 71 from Patiala, 66 from Bathinda, 46 from Rupnagar, 34 from Hoshiarpur, 29 from New Jail Nabha, 28 from Sangrur, 22 from Barnala, 6 from Mansa, 3 from Gurdaspur, 2 from Pathankot, and 1 each from Borstal Jail Ludhiana and Women’s Jail Ludhiana.
The spokesman further said that Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed at the Main Entrance, High Security Zone and Frisking purposes in the Amritsar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Bathinda Jails. Besides, High Security Zones have been set up at the 12 jails. Ultra modern gadgets such as Metal Detectors at the main entrances, Equipment for frisking, X-Ray machines for scanning goods, CCTVs at the main spots and the control room in the jails, Purchase of the SLRs and Pistols, Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) for the outer security of jails, Deputing sniffer dogs, Recruitment of 735 warders and 84 matrons, 10 Deputy Jail Superintendents, Promotions of 300 warders and matrons as Head Warders and Head Matrons, apart from the deployment of 16 DSPs for security of jails, are some of the key initiatives undertaken by the department.