Jail authorities on high alert

Muktadir Rashid | Published at 12:54am on September 16, 2020

The prisons department has alerted all of its facilities across the country over the threats of possible jailbreak and the snatching away of extremist inmates.

In a letter served to all of its units, the inspector general of prisons Brigadier General AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha issued 18 instructions and asked his under commands to remain alert in and outside the prisons, especially when transporting members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, ‘IS’ (Islamic State) or other top criminals to the courts for their trial.

The letter notified as extremely urgent also read that criminals sent a letter and made phone calls claiming that they would snatch away extremists from the prisons.

The inspector general  of prions instructed all the prisons to set up a special striking force led by the jailor to avoid any possible attack or riot, and formed a force with the help of under-trial prisoners.

The letter advised the prison guards to wear bulletproof vests and carry a handheld metal detector. It asked to ensure the safety of the gunroom at the jail and to revise the CCTV arrangement.

The prisons’ chief also said that the transfer of arrested extremists, IS, top criminals, former Bangladesh Rifles convicted members, and inmates held in sensitive cases should be monitored.

The police authorities should be informed continuously about the presence of the JMB or extremist inmates in the respective jail.

A senior counter terrorism official at the police headquarters said that the warning was circulated after a prison official in Lalmonirhat received a text and letter over the snatching of extremists but during the investigation it was found that the issue was not so serious.

The home minister Asaduzzaman Khan also said that in Dhaka the prison security was revised over few recent incidents so that no awkward incidents were repeated. 

He, however, said that the revision of prison security was not related to the letter or the text.