Four days after violence erupted in Faridkot Jail over the custodial death of an undertrial,a raiding police team recovered cellphones,drugs,syringes and knives from the inmates.
Moreover,over 25 prisoners have been referred to the Faridkot civil hospital and medical college for treatment in the last three days. Most have been admitted with drug withdrawal symptoms.
Police have recovered cellphones from two undertrials,one of whom is facing a murder charge. As many as 20 syringes were recovered from the bathroom,besides knives and small iron rods, Faridkot SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said. A fresh case under NDPS act has also been registered against unknown persons.
Superintendent of Jail J P Singh said if jail employees were found to be helping inmates,they will not be spared and strict action will be taken against them.
Meanwhile,Sub-Divisional Magistrate Darshan Singh Grewal visited the jail on Thursday as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the April 22 incident.
Protests had erupted after Harsha Singh (65),who was facing trial under NDPS Act,died in the jail. Thirteen jail inmates have been booked in connection with the violence. Three undertrials lodged have also died during the last few days. During the search of inmates barracks on Wednesday,police had recovered drugs and needles.
Govt to introduce ID cards for visitors in jails
Jail Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur on Friday said identity cards will be issued to visitors in jails to check number of visitors. Jail authorities have been asked to stick to visiting hours while allowing meetings with prisoners.
Addressing a meeting here,Phillaur said the jail department will install CCTV cameras,mobile jammers and other security equipment in all new jails. Modalities are being worked out to ban two-storied construction of up to 100 feet from the outer walls of these new jails,he added.
Referring to the quality of food being served in jails,the minister said the department will review diet norms system in consultation with dietitians. Moreover,the entire record of prisoners will be computerised on the pattern of Tihar Jail in New Delhi.