Se­cu­rity lapses in Gu­jarat jails


The Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral (CAG) re­port tabled in the State Leg­is­la­ture has in­di­cated se­cu­rity lapses and mis­man­age­ment by the jail staff in the Gu­jarat pris­ons. The re­port said that lapses in se­cu­rity led to ex­ca­va­tion of a tun­nel at Sabar­mati Cen­tral Prison (lo­cated in Ahmed­abad city).

The CAG re­port said, “Door frame metal de­tec­tors, close cir­cuit TV sys­tem and mo­bile phone jam­mers in­stalled at the pris­ons (test-checked) were found in­ef­fec­tive.”

The re­port also added that there were no watch tow­ers out­side Sabar­mati Cen­tral Prison and the el­e­va­tion of watch tow­ers at Palara spe­cial prison in Bhuj district was re­duced due to Air De­fence pro­to­cols. “In con­tra­ven­tion of the Bom­bay Jail Man­ual, high-rise build­ings were con­structed within the pro­hib­ited dis­tance of Navasari Sub Pris­ons. Out of 1,540 pris­on­ers who had es­caped, 567 pris­on­ers were yet to be traced (March 2013),” it said.

The re­port has also given a de­tailed note on the ‘2013 Sabar­mati jail es­cape bid’ al­legedly planned by the ac­cused of ‘2008 Ahmed­abad se­rial bomb blasts case’. The note with the ti­tle ‘se­cu­rity lapses lead­ing to ex­ca­va­tion of tun­nel in prison’ ob­served that there were 26 CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in Sabar­mati prison, but ma­jor­ity of them were not work­ing since 2010.

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