DERA GHAZI KHAN

Prisoners in the DG Khan District Jail are faced with problems, especially due to delay in police investigation and prosecution, revealed a report submitted to the Punjab Ombudsman.

Having capacity of 710 prisoners, the jail authorities accommodate accommodation 1,068 prisoners in the jail. Women inmates are facing the problems of medical treatments due to non posting of women medical officer. These deficiencies were brought about during the first inspection of Central Jail DG Khan conducted by Ombudsman Jail Inspection Committee led by Member-In-charge for Punjab Ombudsman Malik Ahmed Bakhsh Bhapa.

The Nation has learnt and received a copy of inspection report of Central Jail DG Khan. In view of the observations of Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan in Suo Moto, Ombudsman Punjab Javed Mahmood constituted Ombudsman Jail Inspection Committees for all districts and tehsils of the province to prepare a report on the state of affairs of the jails for onward submission to Supreme Court.

Ombudsman Jail Inspection Committee consists of Superintendent Central jail M Afzal Javed, District Public Prosecutor Sadiq Hussain, ASP City Shahbaz Ellahi (representative of DPO DG Khan) and District Officer Co-ordination Ghulam Yasin. They visited the Central Jail and prepared an inspection report.

According to the inspection report which has been submitted to the Ombudsman Punjab, Jail Department needs to be strengthened and its inspection mechanism be improved. DG Khan Central Jail should be equipped with modern medical machines and Roti Plants which are not presently available at the jail. Inmates of prison are facing the hardship of interrupted supply of electricity and shortage of water, it regealed.

The report has mentioned that despite the sizable strength of inmates, female technical staff for the purpose of sewing, stitching and embroidery has not been appointed. Preparation of fast food has also not been introduced in the jail, it said.

“Presently, the arrangement for productive/industrial output has not been made in the jail; hence no noticeable product is being made there. There is no school for children of the inmates as well as jail staff. Jail officers have not been provided transport for official assignments. There are no sub jails available at tehsil level in Taunsa and Kot Chutta,” it revealed.

The committee has reported that the system of supply of drinking water needs improvement. “One more filtration plant be installed. Moreover, new pipelines be laid down for supply of water from Shoria Canal which is at a distant of about 8km on the eastern side of the city,” it suggested. The committee has also suggested that there be a better display of rights of children, women and prisoners inside and outside the jail premises. Overall, the committee has shown satisfaction on the arrangements of security, duties, functions and responsibilities of the prison personnel, the state of women, juvenile prisoners, and the administration.