The Meghalaya government will conduct a security audit of all jails in the state following a failed attempt by arrested hardcore cadres of proscribed
militant outfits to break out of the high security district jail in Shillong on August 12.
The order also came in the wake of a report that over 30 jailbreaks had taken place between 1991 and 2010 resulting in 185 under trial prisoners escaping the state jails. “We have ordered security audit of all jails in the state,” the state home minister Roshan Warjri told PTI.
She said the audit was necessary to find out the lapses, if any, of the jails across the state. The order came after several militants lodged at the high security cells of the district jail here made an attempt to break out of the jail using a 16 feet rope, which was foiled.
The militants, who belonged to the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council, Garo National Liberation Army and ULFA had connived to break out of the jail by making ropes out of bed sheets and blankets, the police had said.
A report on this incident was awaited by the state Home department, following which a decision to institute an inquiry would be taken, Warjri said.