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Jails in state to house more inmates

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Ranchi
  • Published 29.04.07
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Ranchi, April 29: The capacity of the jails in the state has been enhanced by about three times, the state government informed Jharkhand High Court during the hearing of a public interest litigation.

The prisons can now house 18,000 inmates, the state government said before the court. Earlier, the jails could accommodate 5,988.

The Birsa Munda Jail in the capital was built to house 604 inmates but was crammed with prisoners thrice its capacity.

But the new jail in Hotwar can accommodate 3,415 inmates, the government said in an affidavit.

The jails in Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Khunti, Tenughat, Giridih, Chas, Chatra, Latehar and Deoghar have also been expanded.

The Ghagidih jail in Jamshedpur can now accommodate 1,447 inmates, the affidavit said.

Wards that can house 100 prisoners each have been added to the prisons.

The government has also sanctioned the construction of a 100-prisoner ward in Madhupur sub-jail.

The capacity of almost all the jails in the districts has been increased, the counsel for the state government said before the court last Friday.

The state also informed the court that of the 2,822 prisoners accused of petty offences, 992 have been released on bail after efforts of the District Legal Services Authority.

Of the 237 aged and disabled prisoners, 46 have been granted bail, the counsel added.

After going through the records, the high court directed the secretary of the Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority to appear before it in person on May 7 and explain what has been done to the applications of the other accused.

The secretary has been directed to appear on May 7.

The court issued the order while hearing the PIL filed by Amit Kumar, a detainee in the Birsa Munda Jail since 2003. Through the PIL Kumar had brought up the plight of the prisoners.

He had also addressed a letter to the high court’s vigilance committee, which is headed by a senior judge.