Kerala prisons to have CCTV cameras to stop police high-handedness during entry of new prisoners

Representative illustration / Artist: Vijesh Viswam.

Kollam: Kerala prison chief has directed the authorities concerned to install at least two CCTV cameras between the main entry gates in the prisons across Kerala. The move comes in the wake of finding from prisoners’ complaints that more often they face ill-treatment from the police officials during their entry. Notably, some officials in Kerala prisons still carry out the regressive practice of welcoming the new prisoners with a bout of blows known as ‘Nadayadi’.

According to the prison chief’s latest directive, during prisoners’ entry, the procedures should be completed in the presence of officials (police, excise, forest) producing the accused. Body check-up should be done to examine whether the accused is injured. The accused should not possess restricted items, and if something of such sort is identified, then it needs to be documented in the register concerned. Receipt on prisoner’s take over and passport must be registered. The new prisoners should be briefed about their rights and mandates to be followed during their enrty.

The directive stresses about the proper maintenance of recordings and the system of the CCTV. The cameras should be installed in food counters and mobile vehicles.

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