Dhaka, July 29: The authority concerned started shifting of prisoners from the 200-year-old Dhaka Central Jail to the newly built prison at Rajendrapur, in Keraniganj on Friday morning.
The transfer began at 6:00am on Friday with the help of eight prison vans.
Almost 4,000 of the prison’s 6,400 male inmates were transferred to their new cells by 3:00pm, Dhaka Central Jail’s Senior Jail Superintendent Jahangir Kabir told reporters.
Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin, inspector general of prisons, hoped the entire exercise would be completed in a day. But if all inmates are not shifted by 6:30pm, the move will have to be resumed on Saturday, he said.
The vans carrying the prisoners are moving under tight security, escorted by eight police and RAB vehicles, accompanied by a Fire Service unit and an ambulance.
Prison officials said over 2,500 law enforcers had been deployed to provide security during the challenging transfer operation.
The new prison at Rajendrapur is located 12 kilometres away from the old one built in 1788 on Nazim Uddin Road.
With the shifting of 6,000 prisoners, Dhaka Central Jail is going to its new address at Rajendrapur in South Keraniganj after long 228 years. The new jail has been built on 194 acres of land at Rajendrapur in South Keraniganj near the Dhaka-Mawa highway.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the new jail on April 10 last. However, shifting of prisoners was being delayed as the jail was yet to make suitable for use.
The prison sources said many furnitures and documents have already been shifted to the new jail in Keraniganj. The prisoners will be shifted through prison vans. All these prisoners are male. Earlier, all the woman and child prisoners of Dhaka Central Jail were shifted to Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur district.
In order to ensure the security and safety of shifting the prisoners to ne jail, a large number of law enforcers including police, RAB and DB will be deployed on the roads.
Dhaka Central Jail started its journey at Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka in 1788 through the opening of a criminal ward.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the new facility, having a capacity to hold 4,500 inmates, on April 10 this year.