Keeping crime in check has been a
since Covid-19 hit. And now, with an increasing number of police personnel and
prison staff testing positive
, states are racing against fast-growing coronavirus numbers to come up with backup plans and keep crime response systems running.
“If more prison staff get infected, we will have to request deputation of home guards,” said
. Some 39 prison staff have tested positive in the state. Those remaining have been asked not to step out of prison campuses without permission.
In UP, where 81 prison staff members have tested positive, a similar rule has been enforced. “Most jail staff live on the premises. But if they step out, they are screened before they can re-enter. If they don’t feel well, they are asked to stay out,” said Anand Kumar, DIG (prisons), UP.
In Odisha, 17 prison staff members have tested positive so far. “We are decongesting our prisons fast. So far, we have released 16,789 inmates from the state’s 85 prisons,” said DGP (prisons)
. In Bihar, where 200 prisoners, prison staff and security personnel have tested positive, 18 jails have been set aside across the state solely to quarantine inmates.