Yogi Adityanath govt steps up surveillance in UP jails

LUCKNOW:  The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to intensify surveillance of VVIP prisoners lodged in the state jails, as videos of jailed Delhi minister Satyendra Jain in Tihar jail tumble out at a regular frequency.

A 24-hour video surveillance has reportedly been increased in all 72 of the state's jails and sub-jails,  government sources said.

These jails house notorious criminals, terror suspects, a former minister, and other VVIPs. They include Naini Central Jail, Lucknow Jail, Gautam Buddha Nagar Jail, and other jails.

Prison staff have been instructed to only permit things listed in the Jail Manual inside jails.

According to representatives from the headquarters of the prison administration and reform services, instructions have been sent to step up monitoring in all state institutions.

The government spokesman stated, "Prison officials have been directed to maintain a list of politicians, bureaucrats, mafias, dreaded gangsters, and terror suspects incarcerated in their jails and strengthen monitoring on their activities to ensure that no special facility is offered to them.

The killing of jailed gangster Munna Bajrangi by another gangster Sunil Rathi in July 2018 and the murder of 3 gangsters during a shootout in Chitrakoot jail on May 2021 are instances of criminals continuing their activities inside the jails.

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