According to the data shared by the jail authorities, out of the 66 inmates found infected till Monday, 42 are in Tihar and 24 in Mandoli jail. Of the 48 employees found infected, 34 are from Tihar, eight from Mandoli Jail and six from Rohini Jail.
New Delhi: In three jails of Delhi, 66 prisoners and 48 employees have been found infected with the corona virus. Officials gave this information on Tuesday.
Sandeep Goyal, Director General of Delhi Prisons said, ‘The condition of any infected is not critical. We are taking all precautionary measures related to COVID-19.
According to the data shared by the jail authorities, of the 66 inmates found infected till Monday, 42 are in Tihar and 24 in Mandoli jail. Of the 48 employees found infected, 34 are from Tihar, eight from Mandoli Jail and six from Rohini Jail.
To prevent the spread of infection in Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini jail premises, the prison dispensary has been converted into ‘Covid Care Centre’, officials said. An oxygen plant set up in Tihar will also start functioning soon.
He said that many ‘medical isolation cells’ have been set up for those prisoners who have mild symptoms of infection. At the same time, for the patients who do not have any symptoms of infection, separate ‘isolation rooms’ have been made in the prison premises itself.
Authorities said that a 120-bed ‘COVID Care Center’ has been set up in Tihar and 48-bedded in Mandoli.
The jail administration told that they have formed four committees to look after the prisoners and staff.
Officials said that as far as possible, employees and prisoners are maintaining social distance. Prisoners are not being allowed to come out of their wards most of the time and awareness campaigns are being conducted regularly to make them aware about the rules related to COVID-19.
According to the data, till January 7, there were a total of 18,528 prisoners in three jails in Delhi. Of these, there were 12,669 prisoners in Tihar, 4,018 in Mandoli and 1,841 in Rohini.
It is known that during the previous waves of infection, many prisoners were given parole and furlough in Delhi after the intervention of the court.
In May 2021, the Supreme Court, taking cognizance of the unexpected increase in the case of Corona, asked the state governments to immediately release those prisoners who were granted bail or parole in 2020.
After this, in July 2021, the court had said that in view of the corona virus in the country, states should not be asked to surrender prisoners released from jails to reduce congestion.
Prior to that, during the first wave of Corona, the Supreme Court had directed the formation of HPCs in all states to consider the release on interim bail of convicts and under-trial prisoners in less heinous crimes so as to reduce congestion from jails due to Corona. To be.
However, around November-December 2020, during the low corona cases, many HPCs canceled the interim bail of the prisoners and asked them to surrender.
(with input from news agency language)
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