Recovery of cell phones in high-security prisons disappointing, says CM Devendra Fadnavis

Fadnavis asked senior officials to take stringent action against prison staffers hand-in-glove with inmates.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: March 5, 2016 11:47 pm
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the inauguration of the Maharashtra State Prisons Game at the Jail officers training college in Yerwada on Saturday. Express Photo By Sandeep Daundkar, Pune, 05.03.2016 Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the inauguration of the Maharashtra State Prisons Game at the Jail officers training college in Yerwada on Saturday. (Express Photo By Sandeep Daundkar, Pune)

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that he feels disappointed when cell phones are found in jails. Fadnavis was speaking after the inauguration of the Maharashtra State Prisons Games at the Jail Officers’ Training College in Yerwada on Saturday.

Fadnavis said that prisons are highly secured places and despite that when cell phones are found inside, it’s clearly because some insider is working hand-in-glove with criminals. “I am sure the prison authorities would take strict action against anyone found involved in such activities,” he said.

Fadnavis also said that the state has held discussions with Israel on jail security. “Steps would be taken to upgrade the security arrangements in prisons soon,” he said.

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Additional director general of police (prisons) Bhushankumar Upadhyay said, “We have taken action like compulsory voluntary retirement against staffers found to be indulging in illegal activities inside the prison. We would not tolerate anything that would compromise on jail security.”

“We have received funds from the government and about 1,000 CCTV cameras have been installed in prison premises across the state. It has helped us in keeping close watch on activities inside the prison. In a few months, about 500 more CCTV cameras would be installed,” said Upadhyay.

Upadhyay also said that video conferencing facilities have been set up inside jails, due to which many prisoners were produced before the court through video conferencing.

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