April 17, 2014 1:44:30 am
Gautam Buddh Nagar got its first district jail on Wednesday.
As many as 67 prisoners were transferred from Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail to a new facility in the Luksar area of Greater Noida.
Senior police officers said the Luksar jail complex is under complete CCTV camera surveillance and has the capacity to house 4,000 prisoners.
On Wednesday, those convicted or undergoing trial for crimes in the jurisdiction of Gautam Buddh Nagar district were transferred from Dasna jail to the new prison facility.
“Over the next few weeks, we will bring 1,700 prisoners to Greater Noida. Every day, 80 prisoners will be transported to Greater Noida. The new facility has video-conferencing for high-risk inmates and those convicted of heinous crimes, and state-of-the-art security equipment with extensive camera coverage,” a senior police officer said.
Officers said the inauguration of the Greater Noida prison will see a large section of the district police free from “escorting” duties and ease the load on the Dasna jail.
“The overcrowding led to a security problem and this new prison facility solves that issue. Additionally, more than 100 policemen had to be deputed to escort prisoners since the distance was greater than 15 km. This was not only a strain on the force but also a security concern with dangers of escape,” a senior officer said.
Presently, one jailer and four deputy jailers have been asked to take charge of operations.
“This is definitely a positive development and, over the next few days, the number of personnel will be increased,” Preetinder Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (Noida) said.
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