East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal (left) comes out of the civil court complex in Sitaramdera on Tuesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur civil court, still reeling under the shock of the audacious murder bid on gangster Akhilesh Singh on Saturday, will undergo a complete makeover in terms of security with special thrust on safety of judges, lawyers, staff and litigants.
A foolproof, permanent security plan was drawn up at a meeting held by district judge Anand Vijay Singh with East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar, city superintendent of police Karthik S. and Jamshedpur Bar Association functionaries on Tuesday.
“While safety measures like frisking visitors and checking their belongings at the entrance will continue, entry passes will be issued to lawyers and judicial staff so that they can be spared the hassles of undergoing the checks everyday. Besides, a call was also taken to install additional CCTV cameras on the court premises and also the civil court building,” Homkar told mediapersons after the meeting that lasted for over two hours since 11.30am.
However, the number is yet to be decided. At present, there are six CCTV cameras.
Door-frame metal detectors will also be installed at the entrance while visitors, including litigants, will not be allowed to bring their vehicles inside the premises. A separate parking area will be set up outside the court for them.
The authorities have sought 15 days to start making the changes.
Anil Tiwary, secretary of Jamshedpur Bar Association who was present at the meeting along with president M.P. Banerjee and vice-president Md Qasim, said that they wanted the district administration to ensure complete safety on the civil court premises.
“If required, they may scale down the number of policemen deployed on the court premises (currently, there are 50). But we want electronic gates and more CCTV cameras. Moreover, these security measures must be permanent in nature and adequate enough to stop entry of criminals,” he added.
Tuesday’s knee-jerk reaction was a fallout of Saturday’s murder attempt on Akhilesh by two men, Sarabjit Singh and Honey Singh, on the second floor of the court building.
Sarabjit had tried to shoot at Akhilesh, who had come to the court to surrender after expiry of his two-month parole, but the bullet got stuck in the pistol.
His henchmen beat up Sarabjit, who is still critical at Tata Main Hospital.
SSP Homkar said he would recommend sending Akhilesh to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi and that his trial be conducted through videoconferences so that he is not brought to the court.
Police have already played safe and sent Honey, who was remanded in judicial custody on Monday, to Hazaribagh Central Jail on Tuesday to avoid a flare-up at Ghaghidih Central Jail, where Akhilesh Singh and his supporters are lodged.