Tribune/ January 20, 2006
De-addiction centre set up in Central Jail
Pawan Kumar

Amritsar, January 19

To wean away prisoners from drugs, a de-addiction centre has been set up in the high-security Central Jail here. This, besides checking the drug peddling inside the jail, would be another step in the ongoing "Operation Cleanup" in the jail.

The newly-appointed SSP Jails Kunwar Vijay Partap, who has taken a number of steps to improve the working of the administration, while talking to The Tribune said this was an attempt to turn the prison into a "Sudhar Ghar" (house of reforms for prisoners).

The de-addiction centre would have specialist doctors from government hospitals and charity organisations that are interested in devoting their time to the welfare of jail inmates and drug addicts.

The centre has been started after renovating a barrack for the purpose. Community participation of NGOs like the Civil Defence, Amritsar, and the Rotary Club, Amritsar, has also played an important part.

There are more than 350 prisoners in the jail accused of drug peddling and they have been arrested under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. According to Kunwar Vijay Partap, most of the accused were also drug addicts.

He said there was a strict surveillance, besides occasional search operations, to check the illegal supply and consumption of drugs inside the jail. He said recently five cases had been registered against some inmates and visitors in that regard.

The "connivance" of jail wardens and other officials in this illegal trade had also come under a scanner. Meanwhile, for the betterment of jail inmates, many other steps have also been taken. The prisoners have been provided with sports kits.

The Art of Living courses would be organised from time to time. The SSP said doctors would visit the de-addiction centre at least twice daily.

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