New Delhi: In order to break groupism among the inmates, Tihar jail administration has started re-lodging more than 6,000 prisoners in an alphabetical order replacing the earlier practice of keeping the accused in similar cases together.
Earlier those accused in similar cases and booked under same FIR were kept together in cells as it was easy to present them in courts.
"The inmates involved in same cases stayed together and were taken to the court together. But keeping in mind the brewing conspiracies in jail and to break the groupism among the inmates, now they'll be lodged alphabetically. This would break even the most notorious of the groups here," Delhi Prisons DIG, Mukesh Prasad told PTI.
However, the high security prisoners will not be affected by this new policy. The re-lodging exercise would be completed within two weeks.
Earlier in Tihar, those who were to be produced in Tis Hazari court were lodged in jail number one and those who were to be taken to Patiala house court were kept in jail number four.
Similarly those requiring appearance in Rohini District court were kept in Rohini Jail while those having cases in Dwarka and Karkarduma court were lodged in jail number 8-9.
But under the new rule, all these inmates have been categorised alphabetically irrespective of their courts and have been separated from those already convicted.
Jail number two and five will house only the convicts.
Jail number two will have those serving imprisonment of more than 10 years including lifers mainly, while jail number five will have those convicted for sentence of less than ten years.
The undertrials have been re-lodged in the rest of the jails alphabetically.
Undertrials with their names starting from S,Y will stay in jail number one. Those having names starting with V,B,C,D,E,F,G will be lodged in jail number three. While those with A,R will be kept in jail four.
Jail number seven and six houses adolescents and women respectively and no changes have been made for them as they are to be kept away from adults as per the Prison Act.