A video has gone viral on social media wherein inmates of the Jodhpur jail can be seen enjoying an alleged ‘drug party’. It is visible in the video that the prisoners have access to mobile phones. In the video, one of the prisoners can be heard saying the jail authorities on the pretext of providing VIP treatment ask for money from the inmates.
On being questioned about the incident, Jail Superintendent Kailash Trivedi said the video appears to be an old one. "I do not really know about this incident but I think this is an old video which is now being misused. We do not have any idea about the location where the video was shot and we don't even know who recorded the video. The jail authorities will first identify the people in the video and also find out when this video was recorded," he said.
"One of the people featured in the video, has been shifted to Udaipur Central Jail a few days ago and another criminal was shifted to Gangapur around six months ago," Trivedi added. Jailor Jagdish Pooniya said the prisoner who has claimed in the video that the jail authorities ask for money, is a hardcore criminal. "Several cases have been filed against that inmate and he was also shifted to several jails. Here he used to bother the other inmates and jail staff," said Pooniya.
In a previous incident on June 27, 2019, an astounding video of prisoners emerged from the premises of jail in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district had put the prison security under scrutiny. A video that had been widely shared on social media finds two prisoners charged with murder flaunting pistols and making provocative statements against the Yogi Adityanath government. Apart from brandishing pistols, the prisoners could be seen getting outside food and consuming alcohol within the premises. The prisoner can also be seen talking about turning the jail into an office. The police department then had said that the video of the inmates - Amrish and Gaurav Pratap Singh, who also goes by the name Ankur - was circulated on the social media on June 23.
(With ANI inputs)