Amidst jail break, Maharashtra govt to audit prisons

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Mumbai, April 16: The state home ministry of Maharashtra government has taken initiative for auditing security system in the nine central jails of the state after a shocking incident of jail break in Nagpur.

The state government has also approached a private Information Technology (IT) company for its suggestion to enhance the security facilities.

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According to reports, the company will handover its ideas by next month to home department.

"We have taken a lot of steps to update the security in jails in last few weeks. The audit by the IT Company is one of them. We are in process of re-examining the entire security system," DNA quoted Vijay Satbir Singh, principal secretary, home department as saying.

Further, the home department had also instructed all jail superintendent and each City police commissioner to conduct raids and a must security audit.

[5 prisoners escape from Nagpur Central Prison; jailor suspended]

The home department is also considering to install high intensity jammers in the jails to thwart activities of prisoners.

According to officials, there is a need to increase the number of CCTV cameras and necessary detectors for scanning machines.

Maharashtra has a total of 50 prisons of which 9 are central jails.

Meanwhile, most of the prisons in the state have been alerted for stringent security.

Last month, five inmates managed to escape from Nagpur Central, raising questions over security. Among them, three were accused of murder. Nine officials including a jail superintendent were suspended as part of the inquiry.

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