Director General of Prisons, VK Singh, who is also holding the charge of Director General Fire & Emergency Services J&K today paid his maiden visit to district Jail Baramulla/Kupwara to review the security arrangements and evaluate the reformatory programmes running in the jail, a police spokesman said in a statement.
Singh was accompanied by Muhammad Suleman Choudhary, DIG NKR Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom- SSP Baramulla, Ifroz Ahmed Mir, Addl. SP Kupwara, Yasser Parrey, DySP Hqrs Kupwara, Inspector Iqbal Ahmed Shah, SHO P/S Baramulla and Inspector Muhammad Ashraf, SHO P/S Kupwara.
Barkat Ahmad Dar, Superintendent District Jail Baramulla/ Shahbaz Hussain Bhat, Superintendent District Jail Kupwara and other officers of the jail and CRPF were also present during his visit.
The Director General, according to the spokesman, took a round of the premises and inspected the infrastructure and barracks. He interacted with the inmates regarding facilities available to them in the jails. He also visited the hospital, kitchens and other sections of the prison and asked the Jail superintendents to introduce vocational training programmes in the jails.
The Director General took a darbar of the prison staff and listened to their grievances patiently. He urged the staff to put in their best efforts to strengthen the security system and play their role in reformation of inmates.
He said the staff must work together as a team and remain alert to thwart any nefarious designs of anti-social elements. He also reviewed the ongoing construction works and urged upon the concerned to ensure speedy completion of the works.
Earlier, Director General had ordered a probe into the episode of violence at district Jail Kupwara in which few inmates were injured during a scuffle on 16 June 2019. Following the incident a search of jail premises/barracks was carried out under the supervision of Jail Superintendent Kupwara and nine mobile phones were recovered.
Singh also inspected the Fire & Emergency Stations Baramulla & Kupwara i.e. Seelu, Sangrama, Pattan, Hqrs Kupwara & Command Office Kupwara .
He interacted with the staff and issued a number of on-spot directions to the concerned officers for quick response to ensure the Fire Service motto “We Serve to Save”. He took note of inadequate infrastructure and shortage of manpower.
Singh assured them that steps would be taken to attend the deficiencies and make the organization more effective and efficient.
He was accompanied by Abdul Khaliq Wani, Assistant Director, Fire & Emergency Services, Command Kupwara, Baramulla & Farooq Ahmad Lone Divisional Fire Officer, Sub Command Baramulla during the inspection.