Jamshedpur : Lack of advance safety arrangements at the Ghaghidih Central Jail is posing a threat for the jail administration.
Concerned over the situation, the authorities have written to the government agency for supply and installation of 35 CCTV cameras. Jailer, Ghaghidih Central Jail, Satyandra Chowdhury sent the reminder to Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAP-IT), the government agency which has been authorized to install the electronic gadgets.
Chowdhury said that the Ghaghidih Central Jail authority had paid Rs 34.5 lakh to the JAP-IT in August 2014 for installation of 35 CCTV cameras. Chowdhury said that at present the Ghaghidih Central Jail has 16 CCTV cameras. He said of these scanners only four are functional .
” There is a total of 11 trained jail guards, including three female ones. In addition, there are 65 hired security guards, including ex-servicemen and Home Guard personnel.
As per the sanctioned strength, there must be 212 guards, that too trained ones, but we have to manage with just 76,” said the jailer. He pointed out in view of the inadequate security guards here, the installation of the CCTV camera would have enhanced the jail security. Chowdhury said the installation of 35 CCTV cameras was supposed to be made in the first phase.
Notably, the Ghaghidih Central Jail is spread over an area of 20 acres — set up on as large an area as Birsa Munda Central Jail in Hotwar, Ranchi.
Sources went on to inform that concerned over the situation at the jail the administration has plans to step up vigilance and deploy additional security forces.
At present the Ghaghidih Central Jail, which has a capacity of 1,450 inmates is occupied with over 1,200 inmates lodged who are lodged in 13 wards. An official of Ghaghidih Central Jail said that they had sent a proposal to the IG (Prison) having identified 35 points where the CCTV cameras have to be installed.
According to information the administration is looking for an alternative to the jammers for blocking the telecom signals between the jail inmates and outside world.
The department is serious about installing the devices at the back of feedback from jail staff suggesting that convicts and undertrials take advantage of the absence of a foolproof system for blocking mobile phone signals.