Measures taken to stop Covid spread: DG Prisons

Hours after a detainee tested positive for COVID19 on Saturday, jail authorities said required measures have already been taken but there is no indication of release of any detained persons in near future.

“An inmate has been tested positive in Anantnag jail,” Director General of Police, Prisons, V K Singh told the Greater Kashmir. “We have started immediate contact tracing and other measures to stop its further spread.”

He said a team of doctors and other people are busy in Anantnag jail. “This is the first case since (Covid19) outbreak,” he said, adding that to stop spread in jails, medical check-ups of inmates were being regularly carried out.

DG Prisons said that presently 3633 people are lodged in different jails in J&K, among them 109 are females.

“So far there is no indication of release of any detainees in the near future,” he said. “Those get released who are being bailed out by courts.”

Singh said that several people were released from different jails on bail, parole and on the recommendation of the High Powered Committee.