Helmand jail's control transferred to police
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The responsibility of the central jail in southern Helmand province was on Monday transferred to the Ministry of Interior from the Ministry of Justice, officials said.
The transfer came at a special ceremony attended by Governor Gulab Mangal, the provincial police chief and other local government officials in Lashkargah.
Speaking on the occasion, the 707th police zone commander, Maj. Gen. Asmatullah Daulatzai, said all affairs of the central jail would be handled by police.
He added they would try their best to run jail affairs in a better and effective way, claiming police had the ability to discharge the responsibility in a befitting manner. "Efforts will be made to provide all possible facilities to inmates."
Mangal recalled there had been a number of problems at the Helmand central jail three years ago, but the situation had improved a lot. Earlier inmates would have access to drugs, but they were currently attending vocational programmes, the governor explained.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Nabi Elham promised he would personally monitor the affairs prison to ensure that all activities were being carried out in accordance with the law. He vowed efforts at turning the prison into a vocational centre.
Jail commander, Maj. Gen. Bismillah Khan Hameed, claimed there had been a positive change in prison conditions over the past few years. He said all inmates were treated in line with the relevant law. About 1102 inmates are being held at the facility.
President Hamid Karzai last week ordered the transfer of control of all prisons across the country to the interior ministry.
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