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12 January, 2019 11:45:07 AM
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Sylhet jail inmates transferred to new location

The old prison will be used as a second jail in Sylhet after some infrastructural development
Biplob Deb, Sylhet
Sylhet jail inmates transferred to new location
Inmates are being shifted from Sylhet central jail to newly constructed jail at Badaghat of the city yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

After a long wait, the shifting of the Sylhet jail to a new location at Badaghat in the city’s downtown area finally began around 6.30 am yesterday. A total of 2,300 detainees from the old prison are being transferred to the new jail. The transfer would be done smoothly, Sylhet jail superintendent Abdul Jalil told The Independent.

A committee, headed by the Sylhet district magistrate, has been conducting the whole transfer. It started work from Thursday. The jail authorities have postponed the inmates’ meeting with relatives in the jail from Thursday till Saturday.

The Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) has beefed up security measures at the new and the old jails, their surrounding areas, and the transit roads to successfully complete the process.

The SMP is also helping the jail authorities by providing transport facilities to carry the detainees from the old jail to the new. SMP additional commissioner (media) Zedan Al-Musa told The Independent that adequate security measures had been adopted, especially on the transit route.

The construction of the new jail started in 2012 at a cost of Tk 197 crore. It was supposed to be completed by 2015. The transfer of inmates to the new jail was scheduled to take place within June 2016. But a delay in the construction works pushed back the transfer by well over two years.

 On November 1 last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the new facility in a video conference from Bangabhaban.

 Jail sources said that completion of transfer from the old jail had been planned well before the recently concluded national general election.

But certain sections of the new jail were still being given the finishing touches, they added.

 The new jail has five hospitals—four for the detainees and one for jail employees and executives.

Sprawling over 30 acres, the new jail has five separate kitchen buildings, four store houses, a rest house, a four-storied daycare centre, a mosque, a school, a library building, residential buildings for jail employees, a canteen, an interview room for detainees, and an administrative office.

The British government constructed the old Sylhet jail in 1789 in Dhupadighirpar on 24.67 acres of land. In 1997,the jail was upgraded to Sylhet Central Jail in view of the number of its detainees and its growing importance.

The old jail could contain 1,200 detainees, but that number swelled to more than 2,400 detainees. So, the need arose for a new jail.

The construction of the new jail began in 2012. The Superintendent of Sylhet Central Jail, Abdul Jalil, told The Independent, “It was initially decided that the old jail would be turned into a museum. But that plan has been shelved. The old prison will be used as a second jail in Sylhet after some infrastructural development."

BK

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