Punjab CM directs jails department to ensure safety of Pakistani prisoners

Chandigarh/May 5
Keeping in mind the Jammu jail incident of attack on Pakistani prisoner, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed jails department to beef up the security of Pakistani prisoners lodged in the different jails across the state.
After a meeting with the senior officials of jails department, the Chief Minister directed the officers that foolproof arrangements should be made for the security of 50 Pakistani prisoners lodged in Punjab’s jails.
“These jails must be well secured and special measures should be taken to ensure the safety of Pakistani nationals. Jail officers should keep a strict vigil in the jails where Pakistani prisoners have been lodged,” Badal said.
Badal also expressed concern on the issue of supply of drugs inside the jails that has led to death of some prisoners and asked the concerned departments to take immediate corrective actions in this regard. He asked the officers to ensure immediate assessment of the medical condition of a person upon his arrest adding that any person, particularly, a drug addict found to be suffering from a serious medical ailment and warranting urgent medical care should be admitted to hospital for stabilization before being lodged in prison.
Badal also asked the Jail department to boost up the capacity of the central jails having functional drug de-addiction centres, which were being used to treat addicted inmates, by recruiting more staff and upgradation of services like psychiatric care and counselling services.
The Chief Minister also directed the jails department to bring a proposal for the installation of modern equipment like X-ray machines and scanners besides using sniffer dogs to monitor the visitors entering the jail premises to curb smuggling of drugs.
Badal also suggested for seek security personnel for other states on reciprocal basis to guard outer ring of jail premises to reduce collusion of jail staff and inmates and directed to deploy 700 trained ex-servicemen by Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 crore per year.