Govt unsatisfied with Jail Superintendent’s inquiry; Additional Collector North-I to inquire with 8 terms of references
PANJIM: Not satisfied by the Superintendent’s inquiry into the “bhaang party” incident at Colvale jail, the state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the episode.
Notification to this effect has been issued by the Home Department.
“It has been reported by various newspapers and Electronic Media that the inmates of the Under-trial Block of Central Jail, Colvale have allegedly consumed spiked drink on 13-02-2018, on the occasion of Mahashivratri, that was prepared by one of the inmates, due to which, one Jail Guard by name Kiran Naik and two under-trial inmates were hospitalised,” the notification by Under Secretary Home Neetal Amonkar reads.
It further reads that the Government is of the view that the enquiry conducted by the Superintendent, Central Jail, Colvale is not up to the mark and failed to bring about the exact cause of spiking of milk which has threatened the lives of the inmates.
“The said incident has brought to light a blatant breach of security cordon and lapses on the part of both the Jail Officials and the Indian Reserve Battalion Force who have been posted for frisking and security purpose and the Government feels clear facts on the incident are to be brought out and fix responsibility for the said incident and therefore the matter needs to be inquired impartially,” the notification says.
The Government therefore deems it fit and proper to order magisterial inquiry into the matter.
“Government hereby appoints the Additional Collector-I (North) as Inquiry Officer to conduct magisterial inquiry into the above matter,” it says.
As per the notification the terms of reference would be as to how and who has supplied milk, tablets and other substance that have been used by the said under-trial prisoner to prepare the spiked drink? Whether there was any food poisoning? Whether there was any foul play? Whether there was any defect in the infrastructure which led to the incident? Whether there was negligence on the part of the Jail Officials or the Indian Reserve Battalion Personnel? Whether any of the Jail Officials or the Indian Reserve Battalion Personnel is responsible for the said incident? Suggestions and recommendations to prevent recurrence of such incident in future. Any other issues that may arise during the course of enquiry.
“The inquiry report shall be submitted within a period of 30 days from the date of issue of this Order,” it says.