SIMI jailbreak: CISF to audit all prisons in Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi: CISF will conduct a security and fire audit of all jails in Madhya Pradesh in the wake of eight SIMI operatives pulling off a daring jailbreak in Bhopal recently.

The paramilitary force has constituted a board of officials to conduct the survey of the main jails and sub-jails from security and fire hazards point of view and the team will begin its work from the Bhopal central jail where the audacious incident took place.

The Central Industrial Security Force has a special consultancy wing within its establishment that conducts audit of critical installations and establishments, in government and public domain, by way of suggesting them the required access-control, deployment of watch towers and sentry posts, usage of gadgets and positioning of security personnel and surveillance gadgets to enhance protection.

When contacted, CISF Director General O P Singh said the force has received a request in this regard from the state government. “We will be submitting a report to the government in due course of time,” he told reporters.

The force does this job on a government approved fee and has provided consultancy to a total of 134 organisations till now.

Some of the important clients of CISF security consultancy services are TISCO Limited, Bangalore Metro, the National Security Guard headquarters in the capital, Allahabad High Court, Tirumala Tirupati and Devsthanam in Tirupati, British High Commission in the national capital and assemblies of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The eight SIMI under-trials had escaped from the high-security Central Jail on the intervening night of October 30-31 after killing a guard, before they were gunned down in an alleged encounter by police on the outskirts of city on October 31 morning.