New Delhi: In the wake of incidents of
blade attacks by inmates, Tihar Prison authorities have
decided to check all incoming and outgoing letters of
The step has been taken to prevent them from smuggling
in any prohibited item and to find out if the inmates were
planning to cause any trouble.
"All letters sent and received by Tihar inmates will
be checked thoroughly before delivered to see that they do not
contain any weapon before they are delivered to the inmate or
to his friends and relatives. We will also check the content
of the letter," Sunil Gupta, spokesperson, Tihar Prisons said.
Incidents of blade attacks by inmates were reported in
August and September last year. Gupta said that strict
instructions have been issued by the the new Director General,
Prisons, Neeraj Kumar to check all letters.
"Episodes of people being attacked by Tihar inmates
with sharp blades need to be put to an end. Even the contents
of the letters will be checked to see if the prisoners have
any plans to create any problem especially when they are out
of jail premises for some court matter," he said.
Till now the letters were not checked by the jail
authorities. Foreign nationals lodged in the jail are,
however, provided facility to send e-mails which are scanned.
Last August, one of the accused in the Delhi blasts
was attacked by an inmate with a sharp blade after returning
from court hearing. In September, a doctor sustained injuries
when an under-treatment Tihar Jail inmate attacked him with a
surgical blade at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital.
Gupta said that the Tihar inmates will be thoroughly
frisked before they go to the court and also on their return
to the jail.