New Delhi: Tihar jail authorities plan to
come up with a museum inside its premises to chronicle the
history of the prison, one of the largest in the world.
How it evolved from a small jail in Delhi Gate area to
a prison spread over 400 acres of land at Tihar village in
western part of New Delhi, the pioneering developments that
happened at the jail will all feature in this museum, Tihar
prisons spokesperson Sunil Gupta said.
"We will display everything. The innovative ideas of the
inmates in getting banned things inside the jail including the
method using the holes in their bodies to hide prohibited
articles will also be displayed in the museum," Gupta said.
This will be open to public and will be located somewhere
inside the Tihar premises, he said.
Tihar prisons is one of the largest prison complexes in
the world comprising nine central prisons and one district
Prison at Rohini Prison Complex. The total population in ten
prisons is around 12000 prisoners against the sanctioned
capacity of 6250 prisoners.
The proposed museum will highlight facts like pioneering
work done by the jail by conducting a campus recruitment for
its inmates, its reformation programme, education facilities
made available to its inmates, Gupta said.
The museum will also tell visitors about how the jail
produced an IAS officer and the presence of inmates trying to
make it to the prestigious administrative civil service, he
Gupta said that the Tihar jail factory that manufactures
various bakery items and also has units like carpentry,
chemical, weaving (Handloom and Powerloom), tailoring,
chemical, paper, pottery and shoe making, will also be a part
of the museum.
"Even certain landmark decisions related to the jail will
be exhibited in the museum. Availability of phone facility for
our inmates is one of them," he said.