After SIMI encounter, Madhya Pradesh govt mulls electric fencing in all jails

This comes days after eight SIMI undertrial activists had escaped from the high-security Central jail here after killing a head constable.

By: PTI | Bhopal | Updated: November 7, 2016 2:20 pm
Simi, simi encunter, bhopal. bhopal jail, bhopal jail security, bhopal central jail, bhopal central jail security, bhopal news, india news Bodies of SIMI terrorists who were killed in an encounter after they escaped from Central Jail. (PTI Photo)

The Madhya Pradesh government is “seriously” considering installing electric fencing around its 122 jails to enhance prison security in view of the daring Bhopal jailbreak by eight SIMI activists. The eight SIMI undertrial activists had escaped from the high-security Central jail here after killing a head constable on the intervening night of October 30-31. They were subsequently killed in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of the city on October 31.

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After the encounter, conflicting versions from police and state Home Minister surfaced, leading to allegations that it might be fake. “A top official has already left for Chhattisgarh to study the electric fencing of the jails in the wake of the Bhopal jailbreak. We are seriously thinking about following suit of the neighbouring state,” MP Prison Director General (DG) Sanjay Choudhary said Sunday. He, however, did not disclose the name of the official who has left for Chhattisgarh.

The security audit of the MP jails is underway, after which measures will be taken to ramp up the security of prisons, the DG said. Asked about the Madhya Pradesh government’s move to increase the height of boundary walls of the prisons across the state, Choudhary said all these things will be done after taking into account the security audit report of the jails, which is currently underway.

“We are not going to enhance jail security on piecemeal basis, rather we are going to initiate measures in one go after the report of jail security audit,” he added. Earlier, the state government had ordered a judicial probe into the sensational jail-break and the alleged encounter. The probe will be conducted by retired High Court Judge Justice S K Pandey.

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  1. A
    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm
    Hmmm, i guess not a good idea. Because then anti-nationals will not be able to escape. Rather let them escape, and have our security officers eliminate them, like rats.
    1. Babu Gupta
      Nov 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm
      I heard NDTV anchor Mr. Rubbish Kumar questioning the escape theory of SIMI terrorists that how the terrorists could avoid electric fence on the walls of jail. Well, tis was the kind of reporting being done by NDTV to discredit law enforcement agencies.
      1. K
        Nov 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm
        Great idea to have electric fences when the electricity itself is erratic, only a Minister in India can come up with a solution so absurd. Hire the best policemen who are not corrupt and are paid well, then allow them to use the force of physical power to stop such escape attempts. Let the politicians and crooks not be in bed to make money.
        1. D
          Dr M
          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:21 pm
          Think again, the fellow/s who help prisoners escape can also switch off the power supply.