MANGALDAI, March 24 � Assam Governor Padmanabh Balakrishna Acharya has observed the necessity of more facilities, care and human touch for the prisoners of Mangaldai district jail. He was talking to media persons after making a sudden visit to the 117-year-old district jail here at around 5-30 pm on Sunday.
Coming out of the jail after spending about half-an-hour interacting with the prisoners, the Governor said, �They need more facilities. Somebody has to take care of it. Human touch should be there. We should know that among those are inside, many are not convicted, they are still in police custody. Justice delayed is justice denied. Justice must be there, either they should be punished or freed. I will see what can be done.�
Recounting his maiden experience of the district jail, the Governor went on to say, �Apart from that, we may review the cases of young people, who are below 20 years of age. We should not transform these people into hardcore criminals when they come out.� He also showed sympathy for the prisoners, who while facing life imprisonment, had already completed more than 14 years in jail.� Some of the prisoners said that they had completed fourteen years in the jail, but were still not released. So I have asked my officers to note down and review some cases and see how can they be freed.� However, the Governor did not mention anything about the renovation of the very old infrastructure or expansion of the district jail even though his notice was brought to the matter by media.
The Governor was also accompanied by Darrang Deputy Commissioner, Manoj Kumar, Vivek Raj Singh, Superintendent of Police among other senior administrative officials. Meanwhile, talking to this correspondent Jon Deb Choudhury, Superintendent of the district jail informed that the jail presently has 204 registered prisoners against the actual capacity of 172. On the other hand, the number of prisoners who have crossed fourteen years of imprisonment is six. Regarding their release the jail authority has already made necessary correspondence with the Government, the jail superintendent added. It may be mentioned here, that earlier in the day, the Governor attended the public function of the 185th foundation day ceremony of the Patidarrang LP School, some 20 kilometres from here.