50 jail of­fi­cials in­volved in drug smug­gling: DGP Kant

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Tarsem Singh Deogan ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

DGP ( prison) Shashi Kant, who cre­ated rip­ples in the depart­ment with his state­ment on drug men­ace in jails, has again blasted a lid off a nexus in Borstal Jail, Lud­hi­ana.

The DGP al­leged that some tainted jail of­fi­cials were smug­gling drugs in the four walls of the jail.

He said that he had iden­ti­fied at least 50 jail of­fi­cials who were hand in glove with the drug pad­dlers and would take strict ac­tion against the guilty of­fi­cials in near fu­ture.

DGP ( prison) Shashikant vis­ited Borstal Jail on Sun­day to read the psy­chol­ogy of in­mates lodged in the jail.

Talk­ing to HT, the DGP said, chief min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal had sanc­tioned a fund of Rs 4 crore for con­duct­ing de-ad­dic­tion camps in all jails of Pun­jab.

The jail depart­ment has been con­duct­ing a de-ad­dic­tion pro­gramme in the Ka­purthala jail, where 200 in­mates had un­der­gone thor­ough treat­ment and 70 other in­mates have been un­der­go­ing it.

The DGP ( prison) said, "Vis­i­tors, who come to meet in­mates lodged in jails, have adopted var­i­ous tech­niques to send drugs in jails.

“Many cases have been re­ported when jail of­fi­cials found drugs, pills and other in­tox­i­cants from eat­a­bles, fruits and raw veg­eta­bles."

To curb the prac­tice, the jail depart­ment has to es­tab­lish can­teens in jails. If the vis­i­tors want to give eat­a­bles to the pris­on­ers, they should buy it from the can­teen.

LUD­HI­ANA:

On the is­sue of trans­fers of jail of­fi­cials, the DGP (prison) said he had trans­ferred some of the jail of­fi­cials.

If the jail min­is­ter has some rec­om­men­da­tions, he was open to it.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion, he said, “The jails of the state have no pro­vi­sions to ex­e­cute the con­victed. They don’t have a hang­man also.”

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