80 Central Jail detainees ill
‘They Are Served Sub-Standard Food’
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Dec 12: Around 80 detainees have fallen ill in the highly fortified Central Jail Srinagar reportedly due to consumption of sub-standard food, forcing the authorities to send a high level team to ascertain the facts.
Most of the detainees are suffering from gastric problems, skin disorders and influenza. A high level team comprising of Sessions Judge Srinagar, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Baseer Ahmad Khan and Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari visited the jail Wednesday morning to ascertain the facts.
A high level officer told Greater Kashmir on the condition of anonymity that the detainees are being served sub-standard food. “They have fallen ill most likely because of food. They are suffering from various ailments and doctors there too agreed that cause of the illness is sub-standard food,” he said. “I think the contractor who is supplying the edible items is providing sub-standard and rotten food items for inmates,” he said.
The officer further said that scores of inmates are also suffering from bronchitis for the last two weeks.
The officer said the jail is in a messy state of affairs. “The jail dispensary is in shambles. There is no sanitation and heating system,” he said, adding that they are going to submit a detailed report to the government.
The prison is also overcrowded causing immense inconvenience to the prisoners. Against the sanctioned capacity of 300, the jail is presently housing 477 inmates. “Overcrowding has also badly affected proper management of inmates in the jail,” the officer said and added that most of inmates are suffering from communicable diseases. “The barracks don’t have proper ventilation and it is also affecting the detainees’ health,” he said.
However, Superintendent of Police, Central Jail, Muhammad Ayub downplayed the issue. “There is no such problem and we have 10 bedded dispensary inside the jail,” he said.
A Jail Manual for Superintendence and Management of Prisons has been notified in 2000 in J&K. The manual focuses on changing the concept of prisons from a place meant to punish criminals to centers of reformation.
J&K has 13 jails including two Central Jails at Kotbalwal (Jammu) and Srinagar, eight District Jails at Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Kupwara and Leh and three Sub-Jails at Hiranagar, Reasi and Kishtwar. The total capacity of prisoners is 2775.
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