Amritsar Central Jail is set to become the first in the state to get a company of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for deployment in the prison to tighten security arrangements and frisking. A company of CRPF is scheduled to reach Amritsar Central jail Saturday.
In the subsequent days and before the end of the month, a company each of CRPF would be deployed in jails in Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Bathinda.
The battalion headquarters of the four companies will be at Kapurthala.
Finding it difficult to to check various nefarious activities in the jails with the existing and available manpower, the Punjab government had last year approached Centre seeking deployment of Central forces.
Punjab jails department officials hope that CRPF deployment could prove to be panacea for the mess state prisons have been in.
A jails department functionary said that the CRPF personnel would be deployed at various layers, including the jail corridor, near the high security cells which house hardcore criminals and in the area where relatives of inmates come for meeting.
The CRPF personnel would be in addition to the existing security staff at jails. The official said there were discussions that to ensure a fool proof system there should also be “cross frisking” involving CRPF personnel and existing manpower in the jails.
A jail official said that…