Inquiry team visits B'luru jail, interacts with staff, inmates

Inquiry team visits B'luru jail, interacts with staff, inmates

Inquiry team visits B'luru jail, interacts with staff, inmates
Nearly a week after the state government ordered an enquiry into the irregularities in the Central prison, a three-member team headed by retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar visited the Benagaluru Central Prisons at Parappana Agrahara on Wednesday.

Kumar was accompanied by two senior police officers of the rank of Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police, who inspected the prison premises. The team not only inquired with prison staff, but also interacted with inmates to understand the ground realities and ascertain why they had staged protests.

Later, Kumar told reporters that the enquiry has been initiated and they would visit the prisons again shortly. “We have gathered some information which we are verifying. We cannot disclose whatever we saw or discussed there. Two senior police officers have been assigned to assist me in the whole enquiry process," Kumar said.

Meanwhile, Additional Director General Police (Prisons) N S Megharikh said that he would visit the prisons after the enquiry team conducts its enquiry. “My visit would be as an administrator and the probe team’s visit is for the enquiry. My visit to prisons now would be a clash of interest and I cannot let that happen."

Sources said the prison administration work has been stepped up since Tuesday. The staff have been strictly directed to follow the jail manual and provide equal treatment to all inmates. The staff have intensified checks on visitations and their duration along with flow of food items into the jail, in accordance with the prison manual.

Prison staff have been instructed to discuss and raise the issues with their higher ups instead of going to the media. The chief jail superintendent in-charge has been instructed to take up measures to ensure law and order in the prison, including maintaining records of visitors and scanning of baggage of visitors.

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