| Guwahati jail |
Guwahati, Oct. 17: The Assam government will constitute a committee to investigate the recent incidents of jailbreak in the state.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today told reporters that the expert committee would find out whether there were any lapses on the part of the jail staff and suggest measures to prevent any such incident in future.
Between September 19 and October 13, altogether seven prisoners escaped from different jails in the state.
“We are concerned over these jailbreaks and all necessary steps will be taken to improve jail security,” the chief minister said.
On October 7, an undertrial prisoner, Rajib Das, had slipped out of Guwahati Central Jail by hanging onto the undercarriage of a truck that had carried supplies to the jail. Barely 24 hours after Das’s escape from Guwahati jail, a lifer, Asif Uddin, escaped from Silchar Central Jail.
Inspector-general (prisons) P.P. Barooah told The Telegraph today that efforts were on to track down the prisoners who fled from the jails recently. “We are trying to catch them. At the same time, we are also taking up all possible steps to improve security in the jails.”
There are 31 jails in Assam with 8,580 inmates till August this year.
In connection with the escape from Guwahati jail, four prison employees — assistant jailor Gautam Bora, head warden Suren Nath and two duty wardens, Khagen Das and Gulinur Ali — had been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty.
With the chief minister taking serious note of the jailbreaks, more heads were likely to roll.
Overcrowding is another problem faced by the jails in the state with most of the prisons cramming in more inmates than they can accommodate.