Haryana

RAPIST BABA BEING TREATED AS COMMON PRISONER, WILLING TO TALK ON PHONE WITH HONEPREET: DGP JAIL

September 19, 2017 07:31 PM
Rapist with honeypreet (file photo)

Chandigarh/Panchkula (Face2News)

Jail administration had decided to entrust farming to him. There is an empty place close to his barrack where he has been given the task of planting vegetables and he is preparing for the task. He will plant vegetables in the first week of October. In front of the barrack, there are some trees which have been given to him for harvesting. He will earn a daily wage of Rs 20, the Director General added.

Dr K P Singh, Director General, Jails, Haryana, has described the news reports aired by a section of the media about the health and special facilities being given to Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as misleading and divorced from truth.

Interacting with media persons at Panchkula, near here today, Dr Singh said Gurmeet Singh was being kept as a common prisoner, and his health was fine. In response to a question, he said jail rules allowed two persons having blood relation to talk to a prisoner over the phone. The prisoner is allowed to talk after police verification of the phone numbers.

Gurmeet Singh gave two phone numbers, one of which belongs to Honeypreet, while the other is his own. Honeypreet’s number is not reachable and Gurmeet Singh might have left his phone in the Dera. Since these numbers have not been verified so far, Gurmeet Singh has not taken advantage of the convenience of any phone call. He said only a few prisoners were allowed to go to the barrack of Gurmeet Singh due to security reasons. His safety is being taken care of on the basis of reports of police, intelligence and other security agencies. Jail management is not letting every prisoner go to Gurmeet’s barrack.

In response to a question, Dr Singh said the prisoners who were giving interview to the media after coming out of jail did not have access to the barrack of Gurmeet Singh. Videography of all those who come to meet the prisoners is being done”, he added.

The news about Gurmeet crying while keeping his head in his mother’s lap who came to jail to see him, was also misleading as a glass and a net separates a visitor from the prisoner, he added.

Describing reports regarding Gurmeet Singh's health and food appearing in the media for the past 25 days as completely concocted, he said he was living like a normal prisoner.

Answering a query about the work allocated to Gurmeet Singh in the jail, Dr Singh said keeping in view the security scenario, the jail administration had decided to entrust farming to him. There is an empty place close to his barrack where he has been given the task of planting vegetables and he is preparing for the task. He will plant vegetables in the first week of October. In front of the barrack, there are some trees which have been given to him for harvesting. He will earn a daily wage of Rs 20, the Director General added.

INFORMATION KIOSKS WOULD BE INAUGURATED IN ALL JAILS:

Dr K P Singh, Director General, Jails, Haryana, has said that ‘Information Kiosks’ would be inaugurated in all jails of the state on October 2, 2017 to bring about transparency. These would have all information pertaining to jail inmates. Besides, all jails in the state have gone cashless. Dr Singh said jails in the state had been digitized. Medical and other records related to prisoners have been computerized. Even custody certificate is now sent to the court through computer only.

All information related to prisoners in jails would be available on the 'Information Kiosk’. It would contain such details as the date when a prisoner came to jail, the possible date of release, and time of parole taken by him. Any prisoner can view information about him through biometric on the computer screen and can take a print-out by paying only two rupees, Dr Singh added.

All jails in Haryana have become completely cashless under the cashless scheme of the government. Now prisoners do not have cash with them. Earlier, members of the families of prisoners who used to come to visit them in jail would hand over cash to them. Many complaints were received about this system which has been stopped. Now, the relatives can deposit money in the prisoner's account.

Dr Singh said a software had been developed to facilitate the inmates under which a prisoner could make payment in biometric manner, if he has to purchase some material from the jail canteen. About Rs 8 to 9 lakh cash is deposited by the families in all jails for the prisoners but now prisoner would not be able to have access to cash after implementation of the cashless facility, he added.

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