Home Ministry Suggestions on Cellphone Use Ignored - The New Indian Express

Home Ministry Suggestions on Cellphone Use Ignored

Published: 05th December 2013 09:14 AM

Last Updated: 05th December 2013 09:14 AM

Recent incidents related to the usage of mobile phones by accused in T P Chandrasekharan murder case indicate negligence on the part of the Prison Department, as the Home Department two months ago had clearly given directions to enhance security surveillance in all the jails in the state.

Even though the Home Department had brought out an order to the Prison Department on September 2 this year to take necessary steps for enhancing security arrangements, no recommendation in the order has been implemented till now.

A three-member committee comprising L Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary, Home and Vigilance; K S Balasubramanium, State Police Chief; and Alexander Jacob, Director-General of Prisons, was formed to consider measures to be taken for enhancing the security in jails in June this year.

The committee later submitted the report after two months following which the Home Department came out with the order asking the Prison Department to implement recommendations made in the report filed by the committee in September.

The Home Department had told the Prison Department to ensure that a gap of at least six metres between the outer wall of the jail and other buildings is maintained.

Compound walls are to be installed with multi-coiled wire fencing and, if required, electric fencing should be done. Surveillance cameras have to be installed and dysfunctional cameras rectified.

The committee report also asked the Prison Department to install body scanner and metal detectors for preventing smuggling of narcotics, mobiles and unauthorised materials to the prison. It also asked the Prison Department to prohibit usage of mobile phones by the staff inside the jail. Instead they are to be provided with wireless sets for communicating with each other.

According to Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, a clear direction was given to the Department for installing new technology for security in the jails.

“There was enough fund with the Prison Department after the sale of jail products for purchasing the new gadgets as recommended in the report. There was a slight delay for the purchase of equipment. But now an order has been given to the Department to speed up the purchase of security system for the jails,” he said.

kozhikode jail suptd suspended

Kozhikode: The Prisons Department, on Wednesday, suspended Kozhikode Jail Superintendent R Sajan in the wake of the alleged mobile phone usage and accessing Facebook by the accused in the T P Chandrasekharan murder case inside the jail. P Ajayakumar, official with the State Institute of Correctional Administration (SICA), Thiruvananthapuram, will be the new superintendent.

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