New court complex puts cops in a spot
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The inauguration of the Fazilka judicial complex has given the district police a new problem. As a result of the new complex, convicts lodged at the Ferozepur jail but arrested in Fazilka district have to travel 85 kilometres to the new complex for their court hearing. The court complex was inaugurated on December 8 and all cases of Fazilka district have now been shifted to this court.
While there is a sub-jail in Fazilka, not more than 80 prisoners can be kept here. The majority of the prisoners are kept at the Ferozepur Jail, which can house more than 1,500 inmates. The Jail department admitted that there was a risk in transporting prisoners over such a long distance, for their court hearings, on a regular basis. Sources revealed that so far there was no provision of constructing another jail in Fazilka and till then, the process will go on.
The extent of the problem was highlighted on Monday when two undertails, part of a group of 43 convicts being taken to court, managed to flee. While police nabbed one in Abohar on Tuesday, the other is still absconding.
The two who fled were Sonu, booked under the NDPS Act, and Sanjay Jatt, an alleged drug smuggler from Rajasthan. While Sonu has been nabbed, Jatt is absconding. What has added to the tale is that homeguard Amarjeet Singh, who was guarding the prisoners, is also missing and is yet to report for duty. He is suspected to be in connivance with the prisoners.