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State to post CRPF officers as jail supdts

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 21

The state government has received a list of seven officers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to be posted as jail superintendents.

Notably, the Prisons Department had sought names from Central paramilitary forces for the posts as it is facing an acute shortage of officers and Punjab cops are unwilling to serve the department.

The department has received a list of deputy commandant-level officers from the Union Home Ministry to be posted as jail superintendents, subject to the clearance by the Home Department.

Sources said after a clash broke out in the Ludhiana jail in 2019, leaving one inmate dead and five injured, the department had sought a list of officers from the BSF and CRPF to be posted as jail superintendents. "This was done following repeated requests to Punjab Police cadre officers to join the Prisons Department on an inter-cadre deputation, but no one showed willingness," they said.

A senior Punjab Police officer earlier posted in the Prisons Department said the job was tough and working conditions were poor, besides there was no backup from seniors. "Handling the jails is a complex and an expert's job. It is high-pressure work and gangsters lodged in jails usually create hell and file frivolous complaints when you act strict," he said, adding that there was no motivation for officers to continue in the jail cadre.

Interestingly, senior jail officials revealed that at present the department had 10 posts at the jail superintendent-level which were being managed by junior officers. "Some officers came to serve for some time. While a few of them were booked for corruption, others returned due to the difficult work profile," said a top official.

Confirming the development, Additional DGP (Jails) PK Sinha said the proposal to post Central paramilitary officers was taken after the Ludhiana jail riots. "A list of officers has been received, but the decision will be taken after the government clearance," he said, adding that the department was facing a dearth of officers to manage jails smoothly.

from The Tribune

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