50 jail officials involved in drug smuggling: DGP Kant
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.
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.”