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Govt to assess need for jail probe

Shillong, Sept. 30: The Meghalaya government will examine whether an independent inquiry is required to probe the irregularities in the Shillong district jail.

Director-general (prisons) Kulbir Krishan had sent a detailed report to principal secretary (home jails) Hector Marwein where he had pointed out glaring anomalies, including the alleged circulation of money through Sujit Dey, the legal counsel of jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) chairman Champion R. Sangma.

Dey was alleged to have paid a large sum of money to jailor Felicita Wahlang.

“These funds were used not only to provide extra facilities to the undertrial prisoner, but also to influence other prisoners,” the report stated.

State home jails minister R.C. Laloo said he would examine whether an independent inquiry was required.

When Krishan had briefed Laloo about the goings-on three weeks ago, the director-general (prisons) was directed to conduct an inquiry into this alleged bribing of jail staff by Champion’s counsel.

Questions are also being raised about the occurrences in the district jail, which are being seen as part of a “conspiracy” hatched by vested elements to tarnish the image of one of the frontrunners for the post of director-general of police. Incumbent director-general of police N. Ramachandran will demit office on October 31 and the contenders for the post include Krishan, the seniormost police officer of the 1976 IPS batch.

Yesterday, the jail staff observed a ceasework to demand Krishan’s ouster, charging him with alleged highhandedness.

“Though Krishan has been in the post for more than three years now, it was surprising to observe that it was only yesterday that the staff of the district jail decided to demand his ouster,” a source said. “There are vested elements who do not want him to be the next director-general of police. Hence, the ceasework was orchestrated.”

The source said the jail staff “intentionally” decided to cease work yesterday, as they knew that Krishan would be attending a meeting in Delhi.

“He decided not to leave because of the problems in the jail. But had he been in Delhi, a hue and cry would have been raised against him.”

“These incidents point to the premise that there is a larger conspiracy against Krishan,” the source said.