Soon after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took reigns of the state in his hands, he has changed prisons of 44 mafia dons to ensure that the criminals are not able to operate from jails.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in the jails to put criminals under strick surveillance of the special Task Force and the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh.
The criminals who have been transferred are Bahujan Samaj Party MLA and mafia don Mukhtar Ansari, who has been transferred from Agra jail to Banda; criminal-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, who has been transferred from Naini Central Jail to Nayariya Jail; and gangster Munna Bajrangi, sent from Jaunpur jail to Pilibhit Jail.
Most district jails in UP do not have mobile jammers, which increases scope for powerful convicts to get pone access. To deal with this problem, the state government on March 31 released funds to install mobile jammers in 12 sensitive jails across UP.
CM Yogi Adityanath, who also holds home ministry profile with himself, has instructed STF and ATS to keep a close watch on the activities of mafia dons in jails. This step was taken by chief minister keeping in view the nexus between some jail officials and the criminals.
State home ministry Principal Secretary Debashish Panda has also issued instructions to 18 district magistrates in this regard.
The instructions were also released regarding keeping close watch over the jailed mafia dons. While, no unauthorised material will be allowed in the jail premises.