Commandos to guard jails in Kerala

In the wake of seizure of mobile phones and drugs from prison inmates, Kerala government on Wednesday decided to post commandos of the Indian Reserve Battalion to guard jails in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Stringent action will be taken against officials in case of violation of prison rules, Vijayan said while replying to a submission moved by Congress MLA K.C Joseph in the Assembly.

He said the police had been conducting raids in jails in the past few days, as the the situation inside was not really 'jail-like'.

"We have conducted raids in the jails after we came to know that the situation inside the prisons were not really jail-like. Police seized many materials, from the inmates, which were not allowed inside the jail," Vijayan said.

Recently, in two separate raids in the Kannur and Viyyur Central jails, nearly 30 mobile phones, chargers, power banks, sim cards, knives, narcotic substances including Ganja were seized by police.

In the wake of seizure of mobile phones from the inmates, Vijayan said his government will install jammers in prison.

"We will ensure that all the CCTVs are up and running.

Will install jammers and at the prison gates, the 'Scorpions' batch from Indian Reserve Battalion will be deployed," Vijayan said.

In early morning raids conducted on Saturday, the police team led by Prisons DGP Rishi Raj Singh had seized the banned materials from inmates of Kannur Central jail.