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Governor visits Mangaldai district jail, calls for better care of prisoners

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From our Correspondent

MANGALDAI, March 23: Assam Governor Padmabh Balakrish Acharya has observed the need for more facilities, care and human touch for the prisoners of Mangaldai district jail.

He was talking to media persons after he made a sudden visit to the 117-year old district jail on Sunday afternoon. Coming out of the jail after spending about half-an-hour interacting with the prisoners, the Governor said, “They need more facilities. Somebody has to take care of it. Human touch should be there. Those who go to jail, many of them are not convicted, they are still in police custody. Justice delayed is justice denied. Justice must be there, either they should be punished or freed. I will see what is to be done.”

He further said, “Apart from that, we must review the cases of young people who are below 20 years of age. We should not create hardcore crimils when they come out.” He also showed sympathy for the prisoners who were facing life imprisonment punishment and had already completed more than 14 years in jail. “I have asked my officers to note down and review some cases,” he added.

However, the Governor did not say anything about the renovation or expansion of the district jail even though it was brought to his notice by media persons. The Governor was accompanied by Darrang Deputy Commissioner, Manoj Kumar, Superintendent of Police Vivek Raj Singh and other senior administrative officials.

Meanwhile, talking to this correspondent Jon Deb Choudhury, Superintendent of the district jail, said that at present the jail had 204 registered prisoners against the actual capacity of 172. On the other hand, the number of prisoners who had completed 14 years of imprisonment was six. Regarding their release, the jail authority had already made necessary correspondence with the government, the jail superintendent added.

Earlier on the day, the Governor attended the function held on the occasion of the 185th foundation day of Patidarrang LP School.

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