The Delhi Prisons Department has initiated the method of procuring electrical shock batons, pepper sprays and different non-lethal weapons for use by jail personnel to quell inmate brawls inside jails, officers mentioned on Friday.
The announcement comes after the jail division acquired criticism over the killing of gangster Sunil Balyan, alias Tillu Tajpuriya, contained in the high-security Tihar Jail, allegedly by members of a rival gang.
In the preliminary section, the three jail complexes within the nationwide capital can be geared up with 80 electrical shock batons, 160 full-body protectors, 80 pepper sprays and 160 T-batons, in accordance with a senior officer at Tihar Jail.
Polycarbonate lathis, polycarbonate protect and helmets have additionally been ordered for the security of jail personnel in opposition to unruly inmates, officers mentioned.
The use of non-lethal weapons was advisable in a report by officers detailing the lapses in safety in Delhi prisons.
According to jail officers, the proposal for the procurement of non-lethal instruments was moved 15 days in the past. So far, they’ve procured 160 polycarbonate lathis, shields and helmets every — 10 every for each jail. Tihar Prison complicated has 9 jails, Rohini Prison Complex has one, and Mandoli Prison Complex has six.
Prison officers mentioned that shock batons can be a transformative device in sustaining regulation and order inside correctional amenities and curbing the actions of rogue criminals. Altercations involving a number of inmates pose important challenges, officers mentioned, including that batons would offer a significant means to regulate them with out utilizing firearms.
While considerations concerning extreme use of those instruments have been raised, these non-lethal instruments are broadly used throughout the globe for his or her effectiveness in subduing offenders with out inflicting deadly hurt, the report on jail safety lapses mentioned.
The transfer goals to reinforce the security and safety of jail personnel whereas making certain the well-being of the inmates, it added.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has instructed central jails to develop a biometric system for inmate monitoring and exchange conventional bodily head counts in a bid to reinforce safety in jails.
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