Taloja jail to hold med­i­cal camps for its pris­on­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hind­stan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In an ef­fort to un­der­stand the phys­i­cal con­di­tion of their in­mates, the Taloja jail au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to con­duct free med­i­cal camps reg­u­larly.

The jail au­thor­i­ties are co­or­di­nat­ing with a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Vashi and the first camp is likely to be con­ducted next week.

As of now, there are around 1,800 in­mates in the jail. Many of them are suf­fer­ing from dis­eases such as high blood pres­sure, jaun­dice, di­a­betes, poor eye sights among oth­ers.

A week ago, 54-year-old un­der­trial pris­oner, Su­raj Ba­tra, died in the jail hos­pi­tal. Ba­tra, a real es­tate agent from Kharghar, had been ar­rested for his al­leged in­volve­ment in the mur­der of the Meenakshi Jaiswal, for­mer chair­per­son of Maharashtra State Child Right Com­mis­sion, in 2014.

Ba­tra had been suf­fer­ing from dis­eases such as di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure among oth­ers for the past three months and had been un­der­go­ing treat­ment at NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi and JJ hos­pi­tal in Mum­bai.

“We will try to find out the ma­jor and mi­nor health is­sues of the in­mates through this camp,” said a jail of­fi­cial.

“It may, how­ever, not be pos­si­ble to carry equip­ment to the jail from the hos­pi­tal. There­fore those who are sus­pected to have ma­jor is­sues will be sent to hos­pi­tal later,” he added.

The jail au­thor­i­ties, how­ever, said that they are not or­gan­is­ing this camp just be­cause an in­mate died in the jail last week.

“Su­raj Ba­tra had se­ri­ous health is­sues and he was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for that. He did not die be­cause of neg­li­gence,” an­other of­fi­cial said.

The Taloja jail can ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of 2,124 in­mates. Of the 1,800 in­mates, around 60% of them are from the places such as Mum­bai, Thane, Kalyan, Dom­bivli among oth­ers.

Sev­eral mem­bers of t he un­der­world gangs such as Ch­hota Ra­jan, Ravi Pu­jari and Bharat Nepali have been kept in the jail.

THE TALOJA JAIL CAN AC­COM­MO­DATE 2,124 IN­MATES. OF THE 1,800 IN­MATES LODGED, AROUND 60% ARE FROM MUM­BAI, THANE, KALYAN, DOM­BIVLI.

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