High security in jails in view of 8th anniversary of Jehanabad jail break

PATNA: In view of the 8thanniversary of Jehanabd jail break, the government has asked the superintendents of all the model, central, divisional and district jails across Bihar to keep special vigil and directed the DMs and SPs to conduct raids. This special drive will continue till November 15. The Maoists had attacked Jehanabad jail on November 13, 2005 and had freed all the inmates in a daring nightlong operation. A home department spokesman said special deployment of forces has been ensured at railway stations, railway tracks, railway over bridges and all the sensitive places and the DMs and SPs have been advised to direct the police to keep close vigil.

The intelligence wing and special branch of the police have intimated the police headquarters that the Maoists may indulge in violence to mark the jail break anniversary on November 13. One of the top Maoist leaders Ajay Kanu alias Ravi Kanu, who was mastermind of the jail break, is now languishing in Beur model jail in Patna. The intelligence has expressed apprehension that Maoists may target Beur jail to free Kanu who is facing over 17 criminal cases and the hearing is likely to start inside the prison for which a session judge has already been designated.

The home department has specially directed the SPs and DMs of Naxal infested districts like Jamui, Munger, Aurngabad, Jehanabad and Gaya to launch combing operations. The divisional railway manger of Danapur, Mughalsarai and Sonepur have been asked to enforce strict vigil and step up security measures. On the night of November 13, 2005, when assembly election was underway in Bihar, over a thousand Maoists had attacked Jehanabad jail and got their 130 comrades freed. Altogether 375 prisoners had escaped but majority of them had returned to prison. The two member panel constituted to probe into the incident had indicted the failure of the intelligence wing for the jail break.


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