So easy to escape Tihar jail that govt is now thinking of ankle bracelets for prisoners


Almost ten days after two undertrials escaped from Tihar jail in New Delhi, Director General (Prisons) Alok Verma said he was ‘concerned’ about how easy it was for someone to bore a hole and break out of prison.

“I am concerned about how easy it is to bore a hole and escape from here. And, the incident must have given other prisoners ideas about escape bids,” Verma was quoted as saying in the Indian Express.

The Delhi government is now planning to use ankle bracelets on prisoners to keep a tab, along with building new concrete walls on either side of the existing boundary walls.

“We are lucky to have a Home Minister (Satyendra Jain), who is an architect, because when he heard about the jailbreak, he understood the problem. The walls guarding Tihar are weak. The ankle bracelets are among the many measures we are planning and proposing. However, all measures will be taken keeping in mind prisoners’ rights. We are conscious of their rights,” Verma said.

Meanwhile, the magisterial inquiry report on the escape of prisoners will be ready in 10 days, after which it will be sent to the Delhi government.