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Tihar jailbreak: Probe team finds wall was weak

The inquiry report has been submitted to the government.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | September 10, 2015 3:15:06 am
tihar jail, tihar jail wall, jail wall construction, delhi news, indian express The wall (left) in which the prisoners dug a hole. (Express photo)

The probe into the Tihar jailbreak in June, in which two prisoners escaped by digging a hole in a 2-ft jail wall and jumping over another, has blamed the jail authorities and prison security for the incident.

The prisoners, Faizan (19) and Javed (18), were later caught. The inquiry report has been submitted to the government.

The report has questioned the quality of material used to build the wall that was breached by the prisoners. The report said the wall was so weak and the material used of so poor quality that anyone could have rifled a hole through it.

After the jailbreak, the Delhi government’s home department had written to the Public Works Department to do a quality audit of the outer wall of Tihar prison and then fix responsibility in case the wall was found deficient in quality.

The Tihar Director-General has reportedly said the wall did not contain the cement it should have and, therefore, was easy to break. The report has pointed out several lapses in the high-security prison.

“There are guards who are supposed to do rounds and keep a vigilante eye on the surroundings. Rather, they sit on chairs and read newspapers. There are overgrown grass and tress behind which anyone can hide… escape is possible. The whole system is lax,” said the report.

The report also criticised the Tihar administration over CCTV cameras in the jail. It said while some CCTVs were working, there was effectively no monitoring of the system. “If footage and CCTVs are not monitored, it defeats the purpose of having digital watch on the prisoners,” a senior official said.

In possibly the first such breach in Tihar history, two undertrial inmates broke out of the prison in June.

In course of their escape, Faizan and Javed climbed two walls and broke through another. The two then made a hole in a wall at Jail No. 8 and reached the prison’s 16-ft boundary wall.

Once there, they used a mound of dirt to climb up and used towels to negotiate the barbed wire before climbing down and escaping.

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