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Police top brass meet over solution to jail breaks

A high-level meeting of Goa police and prison authorities has been called here later this week to deliberate on the frequent jail breaks in the state.
Sources said the state government has taken the issue ‘very seriously’ as the cordial relationship between the escort police officers attached to prisons and the undertrials has come to the fore in the recent incidents.
The meeting will discuss crucial issues related to the communication gap between prison authorities and police, which has resulted in the several lacunae in the system.

Last week, dreaded criminal Micheal Fernandes had escaped from the moving police van on his way to hospital while on the same day, two constables were found giving liberty to enjoy icecream to a murder undertrial at Vasco town.
Inspector general of prisons Mihir Vardhan said the state police have been asked to assign a competent police officer on jail duty as it is a very sensitive posting. Vardhan said the police have also been asked to hold periodical review of the performance of the escort staff.
“Also, the staff should be posted on rotation so that their contact with the under trials or prisoners is for a short time,” he added.
The state police was ridiculed when some of the under trials gave a slip by just pushing the escorting policeman or even throwing chili powder in their eyes. Goa police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande said that `ideally such situations can be tackled if there is a medical facility in the jail premises itself.
Deshpande said that the prisoners were taking undue advantage of the medical referral facilities available to them.

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