Dhaka, April 8: Inspector General of Prisons (IPG) Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin on Friday said that all prisoners of the Dhaka Central Jail will be transferred to a new jail at Keraniganj in a day.
“Security becomes a matter of concern if the prison transfer is done in phases. There are shortage of prison guards, so we have decided to move all the prisoners in a day,” he told reporters at a press briefing.
The staff and equipment from the Old Dhaka jail will be transferred to new Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj in phases but the prisoners will be moved by one day, the IG prison said.
The prison authorities briefed the media ahead the inauguration on Sunday of the new Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj.
He said, “there are about 8,000 prisoners now. The women will be sent to Kashimpur jail and the men prisoners will be shifted to Keraniganj.”
“Almost 2,500 prison vans are needed to transfer all of them. But we can’t get so many even we combine all prison vans from the 68 prisons in Bangladesh. But we will still do it and it will most definitely be scheduled on a weekend,” Uddin said.
The date of transfer will be decided later in a meeting of the coordination committee, said Brig Gen Ifthekhar.
“We want to move to Keraniganj within April. The faster, the better,” he added.
“We have installed mobile jammers so the inmates can’t use phones. I’ve also proposed the buying of luggage and personal scanners for the new prison and for Kashimpur jail,” he said, speaking of plans to make prisons ‘tech-friendly’.
The current number of prison guards was less than sufficient, he said when asked whether moving to a 31-acre prison from a 17-acre establishment inside the capital city would mean lesser security.
“I’ve already asked for more manpower. We won’t have this problem once it is approved,” said the prison chief.
“We now have 750 guards. Around 250 will stay back in the capital because of detainees inside various hospitals. There are adequate living facilities in Keraniganj for the other 500.”