Bengaluru, Dec 7: In a move that comes in the wake of the Supreme Court's directive to ensure the human rights of prisoners, a total of 445 CCTV cameras have been installed in eight district prisons in Bengaluru.
The camera feeds are connected to a new control room that has been set up at the Karnataka prisons department headquarters.
With the installation of surveillance cameras, the prison officials will now be able to monitor activities within the prisons, that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Also, the state government has sanctioned installation of CCTV systems in additional 20 district jails in the year 2016-17.
Inaugurating the CCTV control room, state Home Minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday said that the Karnataka government may release about 250 prisoners for 'good conduct' as part of the 2017 Republic Day festivities.
CCTVs have been installed at prisons in Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Vijayapura and Ballari.