Thursday, May 30

Central jail to be shifted to Keraniganj by June

Dhaka Central Jail will be shifted to Keraniganj from Lalbagh by June next while nine acres land of the existing prison will be utilized for construction of a park with opening of two museums in central jail for public.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating ‘Kara Saptaha-2014’ (prison week-2014) at Kashimpur Prison Campus Parade Field here today.

Sheikh Hasina said her government is running the jail administration with the principle – ‘Hate the Sin not the Sinner’. So the government is implementing massive programmes for improvement of jail atmosphere.

In the ancient age, she said, the concept of prison came to award punishment to the offenders. But, in the civilized world the prisons are used as centres of correction and rehabilitation.

Congratulating the prison officials and employees marking the Kara Week the prime minister said the week is being observed after a span of seven years. She hoped that the observance of the day will enhance working spirit among the prison workers and ensure disciplined and safe custody of the prisoners.

She said jail keepers play important role in maintaining law and order in the society through keeping the convicted and accused persons safe and secured in jail.

The prime minister said the security system of the prisons would be modernized so that militants and top terrorists cannot conduct their activities from the jail.

At the same time she warned that stern action will be taken against the persons who will assist the militants, terrorists or drug traders.

The prime minister said the Awami League government after taking office in 1996, had taken projects for construction of 36 prisons in the country including its headquarters.

The prisoners and entire jail administration are now enjoying its benefit, she said adding steps were taken for safe drinking water and hygiene atmosphere.

State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan and IG Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin received the Prime Minister as she arrived at the parade ground. PM inaugurated the Jail Week through releasing pigeons and balloons.

Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque, PM’s advisors, parliament members and senior government officials were present.

Marking the occasion an attractive parade and march-past of different contingent of jail keepers were arranged. The prime minister inspected the parade and took salute.

The prime minister said her government after taking office in 2009, has established ‘Kara Smriti Jadughar’ at Dhaka Central Jail in memories of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders, including the museum as a branch of the National Museum.

She said the two museums will be opened for public after relocation of the central jail so that people can know about the jail life of the great national leaders.