Gurdaspur jail clash: CM calls review meet for prisons' security
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday took a strong note of the Gurdaspur central jail violence on Friday and called a high-level meeting next week to review security in the state's prisons.
The meeting of police and Home Department officials has been called in the wake of the frequent incidents of violence and clashes in the state's jails since the past several years.
The chief minister has directed a review of the security conditions in the state's prisons and promised sweeping reforms to eliminate the rot that had allegedly set in the jails during the past 10 years of misrule of the erstwhile Badal-led regime. At the meeting next week, the state government will review the recently submitted report by the high-powered committee on jail reforms and will initiate measures to improve the prison administration in Punjab.
"Captain Amarinder has ordered the concerned officers to deal with the situation in Gurdaspur jail as they deemed fit and ensure that law and order was restored in the prison without delay," the chief minister's Media Advisor Raveen Thukral said in a statement here today.
Expressing grave concern over the frequent violent clashes in Punjab's prisons, Amarinder said he had been in touch with senior police, prison and intelligence officials since the violence broke out in the Gurdaspur prison.
Six prisoners including two terrorists were freed by a group of armed men from the high-security Nabha jail in Patiala district in November last year.
"We have put up a plan on how to improve things in the prisons of Punjab. The chief minister is keen that the state of affairs of our prisons should improve. All things will be discussed in detail at the meeting next week," ADGP (Prisons) Rohit Chowdhary said.
Talking about the Gurdaspur incident, Chowdhary said that restraint was shown by the staff on duty, who did not cause any injury to any of the inmates even though they were forced to fire in the air to contain the miscreants.