Overcrowding leads to tensions in Vizag prison

Overcrowding leads to tensions in Vizag prison
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Imagine stuffing 1200 people in a place that can just accommodate 914 persons!!That’s exactly the condition of the Vizag Central Prison. 

Vizag: Imagine stuffing 1200 people in a place that can just accommodate 914 persons!!That’s exactly the condition of the Vizag Central Prison.

The jail has been constructed to accommodate 914 prisoners. With some effort, one can adjust up to 1000 persons. But, the jail now has 1200 prisoners. Many a time, three persons sharing one room. This is leading to tensions and in extreme cases, physical violence. What more, the prison has 700 under-trials.

The under-trials are usually housed in Ganga, Narmada and Sneha Sarovar blocks. Ganga, which can house just 200, has over 330 persons. Narmada can accommodate 100, but has 210. The tribal prisoners are kept separately.

Even among the prisoners, there is feeling of local and non-local and Telugu and non-Telugu. These are becoming flashpoints for altercations. The jail authorities feel that additional arrangements need to be made to address the issue of over-crowding.

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