Recovery after BSF officers detachment from Punjab prisons: the Tribune India

Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, October 15

The initiative of the Department of Prisons to delegate officials from the Border Security Force (BSF) as prison superintendents appears to be bearing fruit, as more than 150 cell phones were recovered in a short period of time in the central prison of Ferozepur.

In the past three days, 12 such cases have been reported where detainees have been found in possession of cell phones. Seven cell phones were recovered from barracks number five of the prison. On October 12, three cell phones and intoxicating equipment were recovered. Earlier, on September 28, a cell phone was recovered during an ongoing trial. More than 300 cell phones have been recovered this year so far. Last year the number was 122.

Ferozepur central prison superintendent Surinder Singh, who recently joined the BSF, said he wanted to convert the prison into a “mobile” and “disciplined” prison. “I was given the task of ensuring discipline in prison. No one will be allowed to take justice into their own hands, ”Surinder said.

In July of this year, the state government decided to appoint BSF agents as prison directors in Ferozepur, Amritsar, Gursaspur and Faridkot. The measure was taken because most of the police were reluctant to come as a deputation with the prison department.

Ferozepur Central Prison is adjacent to a residential area, making it easy for criminals to throw cell phones inside the prison premises.

The prison director said: “Security in the residential area is provided by the Punjab police. Internal security is managed by PESCO and prison guards. Due to rigorous controls, there has been an increase in recoveries of mobile phones and intoxicating items. “

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