As the incidents of rioting within jail premises accelerating in Uttar Pradesh, the security of five prisons, including Lucknow jail, has been handed over to the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).
The prisons which would now be under 24×7 security cover of the PAC are Lucknow, Agra Central, Naini, Muzaffarnagar and Gorakhpur. PAC personnel would report to the district administration and police officials.
Additional Director General (ADG) Prisons D.S. Chauhan said the new security arrangement was part of the “centralised security system” which has been set in motion for state prisons. All entry points in these prisons would be handled by PAC personnel, something which was earlier in the hands of jail staff. The move was taken after a series of violent incidents rocked jails in Varanasi and Deoria.