The escape of alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Afzal Usmani in October has prompted the state to take evasive measures to ensure that inmates don’t break out of prison. The first item on the agenda is to fix the lights in Taloja Central Prison, for which the government has allotted funds.
The government took this decision after it was recently brought to the notice of the home department that the halogen lights inside Taloja jail are non-functional, resulting in a virtual blackout in the zone which might enable inmates to escape.
“Inside Taloja prison, the lights in a few important areas are dysfunctional due to which there is blackout in the vicinity. We cannot rule out the possibility that inmates will take advantage of this to flee from prison. Hence, from the security point of view, it was necessary to ensure the lights are working,” said a home department official.
According to sources, there is also a proposal to install focus lights inside and outside the security wall of Nagpur Central Prison.
A source said that the Public Works Department in Nagpur and Raigad had given an estimated expenditure of Rs11.87 lakh for the repairs, renovations and installation of the lights for both the prisons to the prisons department, and the latter had then sent a proposal to the state government for their approval.
“The government recently approved the proposal and sanctioned Rs11.64 lakh for the same.
Funds would be used to install focus lighting for three towers outside Nagpur Central Prison and providing renovation of street light along internal patrolling road as barracks number 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Taloja Central Prison, streetlights at high security barracks and the kitchen and dispensary inside the prison,” an official said, adding that a Government Resolution has been issued by the home department in this regard.