NHRC seeks report from Odisha govt on overcrowding issue of Bhadrak jail | Bhubaneswar News. indiabusinessport.com

BHUBANESWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the director general of prisons, Odisha and sought a detailed reply from the officer on the overcrowding and precarious condition of Bhadrak jail.
The commission issued this direction on September 27 after hearing a petition filed by lawyer and human rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy four months ago. The rights panel has sought an action taken report on the issue from the prison authorities within four weeks.
“The commission will be constrained to invoke coercive process under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 calling for a personal appearance of the authority concerned for submission of the report, in case the report is not received within the stipulated time,” read the direction of the commission.
Tripathy alleged that Bhadrak jail is over-crowded. He has requested the commission to intervene into the matter.
“The female ward of the jail is designed for only two prisoners, but twelve prisoners are lodged in that ward. There is a proposal of construction of a new jail building, but no action has been taken in this regard. The prisoners are forced to stay inside the dilapidated building,” said the petitioner.
Earlier in 2012, while replying to the petition filed by Tripathy, the IG (Prisons) had assured of a new modern jail for Bhadrak district at Amargadia with an estimated cost of Rs 12.2 crore. But it is yet to be materialised, said Tripathy.
In 2015, Tripathy said, the OHRC had asked the state to take necessary steps in this matter. “There was a decision to shift the jail. Tenders were floated subsequently. However, nothing has been fructified till date due to bureaucratic juggernauts,” he added.
The NHRC has listed the case for further hearing on November 9.

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