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Security in prisons across country tightened


Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin on Thursday said vigilance has been tightened in all jails across the country following the killing of two foreign nationals.
Italian national Cesare Tavella was gunned down in the city’s Gulshan area on September 28 while Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi was shot to death in Rangpur on October 3.All of the prisoners have been searched intensively during their entry and out as part of security measures to avert any unpleasant incident after the killing of the two foreign citizens but we did not issue any red alert, the IG (Prisons) told reporters replying to a question during a press briefing at the office of Department of Prisons at Bakhsibazar in the city.
There is no instruction from the Home Ministry to issue red alert in this regard, he said, adding that all the jails remain always alert.
Besides, security at the cells where foreign prisoners are kept has been tightened after the killing of the two foreigners, the IG (Prisons) said.
He also said the prisons authorities have already requested police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to increase their patrolling surrounding the jails throughout the country.
Asked about the shift of Dhaka Central Jail from its present position to Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital, Brig Gen Iftekhar said the new central jail will open after November 15 this year. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the jail at her convenient time,” he added.
About the capacity of the new jail, he said primarily 4,000 male prisoners will be accommodated and it would be increased up to 8,000 gradually.
The IG (Prisons) also said there are currently over 71,000 inmates in all the jails across the country although their capacity is only 34,681. Of them, 70 percent are under trial prisoners, he added.
He said 514 foreigners remain detained in different jails in the country. Among them, 73 are waiting for release.
When asked why many foreign prisoners are not released from jails after completion of their jail terms timely , Brig Gen Iftekhar said it need time to verify their addresses through their respective embassies or high commissions after completion of their jail terms. Many foreign detainees provide wrong address when they were arrested, he added.- Staff Reporter


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