Hyderabad: Concerned over several prisoners testing positive for Covid-19 in other States including Andhra Pradesh, the Sangareddy prison is soon to become an exclusive quarantine centre for the remand prisoners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda Police Commissionerates.
For 28 days, the remand prisoners will be lodged here and after the quarantine period, shifted to Cherlapally and Chanchalguda prisons in case they do not get bail in the case. A decision to this effect was taken to ensure that the prisoners in Cherlapally and Chanchalguda prisons are safe from the virus.
As more than 50 people would be arriving at the two prisons every day after being remanded to judicial custody, the Prisons and Correctional Services has decided to shift the new remand prisoners to Sangareddy prison, which was opened in 2012.
“We have communicated the same matter to the government. Once we get the approval, we will start shifting remand prisoners to Sangareddy prison which can house over 250 prisoners,” an official said. One of the main reasons that prompted the department to shift the remand prisoners to Sangareddy was the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Another reason was that the Covid-19 positive cases were also reported in prisons in several States including the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. In order to protect the existing prisoners lodged in Cherlapally and Chanchalguda prisons, the department has selected Sangareddy prison because of its proximity to the city.
A 20-bed hospital on the prison premises would be an added advantage. “If any inmate develops health problems, we can rush him to prison hospital without wasting much time,” the official explained. Before starting the process of shifting the remand prisoners to Sangareddy after getting the government’s nod, the existing prisoners here would be first shifted to Cherlapally and Chanchalguda prisons where more than 3,000 prisoners are presently lodged.
Another official said the department has also assured to provide additional staff to the Sangareddy prison before starting the process apart from providing an ambulance facility and a team of doctors and para-medical staff. He said remand prisoners from Bhongir and Parigi would also be shifted to Sangareddy in addition to those arriving from Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda Police Commissionerates. However, the women remand prisoners will be shifted to the Chanchalguda women’s prison only.
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