By installing surveillance cameras, the prison officials aim to keep a check on activities in the prisons, that might otherwise go unnoticed.

6 Ktaka prisons get CCTVs for the first time will be monitored from BengaluruImage for representation/techtechi.com.au
news Security Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 09:01

A total of 8 prisons in Karnataka got new CCTV cameras installed on Tuesday, with its monitoring centre located in Bengaluru. 

While six of these prisons got CCTV cameras for the first time, Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru and Hindalga jail at Belagavi already had 97 and 68 cameras respectively. With this, the total number of CCTV cameras in the various prisons in Karnataka stands at 445. 

Tumakuru (with 28 cameras), Mysuru (52), Kalaburagi (58), Dharwad (56), Vijayapura (48) and Ballari (38) are the prisons that got CCTV cameras installed for the first time. 

According to The New Indian Express, the move comes in the wake of Supreme Court's directive to ensure that the human rights of prisoners are protected. By installing surveillance cameras, the prison officials aim to keep a check on activities in the prisons, that might otherwise go unnoticed. 

According to reports, Home Minister G Parameshwara inaugurated the control room at the office of DG (Prisons) and said that the initiative is expected to curb illegal activities inside prisons. 

The Home Minister added that the prisons in the state shall not be punishment centres, but reformation centres. 

“I have visited almost all central prisons and observed that the infrastructure in these jails are poor. We are working on improving these prisons. Prisons shouldn't be mere punishment centers or jails. They should become reformation centers. With installation of these cameras, we hope that illegal activities like supply of drugs and weapons to prisons will come down,” The Times of India quoted him as saying. 

According to Satyanarayana Rao, DG (prisons), the prisons in all the 20 districts of the state is expected to get CCTV cameras installed by March 2017. A high security prison in under construction in Shivamogga, he added. 

 

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