656 cases of smuggling, scuffle in Tihar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 18:50
New Delhi: 656 cases of prisoners smuggling prohibited objects, threatening the jail staff and scuffle involving inmates have been reported this year in Tihar prisons.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran said, "There has been a total of 656 instances of prisoners being found with illegal objects like tobacco, currency notes, threatening the jail staff, scuffle involving inmates etc during the current year till date."

Ramachandran said the prisoners were given punishment as permissible under the Jail Maunal/Delhi Prison Act by the jail superintendent.

"Departmental actions has also been taken against 10 jail officials for dereliction of duty in connection with recovery of prohibited items and scuffles between inmates," he said.

He also informed that the High Court had sought a report in this regard from Tihar authorities and directed them to take certain precautionary steps.

To check smuggling of prohibited articles and to stop scuffles between prisoner in the jail, prison authorities installed door frame metal detectors, CCTV cameras and 11 mobile phone jammers inside the jail premises.

Stringent searching and body frisking of every prisoner visitor and jail staff too have been started, he said.


First Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 18:50

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