With 96 jail inmates in 10 of its jails and 17 jail officers testing constructive for Covid-19, Odisha jail officers have requested the police to conduct RT-PCR exams on all accused to detect the an infection earlier than sending them to judicial custody.
“We’ve got urged the police to conduct RT-PCR exams of arrested individuals earlier than sending them to jails,” Director Basic, Prisons, S Ok Upadhyay mentioned.
On Might 15, an individual held in a theft case in Puri district was the primary accused within the state to check constructive for Covid-19. After that there have been a number of circumstances the place the accused have examined constructive. Within the Covid-19 hotspot of Ganjam district, 54 circumstances of the an infection have been detected in prisons of Berhampur circle. Final month, over 500 prisoners in Rourkela jail had gone on a starvation strike demanding switch of 6 Covid-19 constructive inmates to a special ward.
Officers mentioned over the past 4 months, 16,789 inmates together with 5,231 inmates in Berhampur circle have been launched from jails throughout the state on parole to decongest prisons within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. A complete of 17,509 inmates are lodged within the 85 prisons of the state. In addition to, 1,200 inmates have been shifted to different prisons as a way to cut back crowding.