Jail mafia caught receiving bribe in Lahore
LAHORE: The jail superintendents across the province are collecting millions of rupees ‘monthly’ through their subordinates, being seen openly operating like traders in fish markets, while dealing with public and prisoners.
The pictures, grabbed by reliable informers who provided to this scribe, of several wardens of the Camp Jail (Central Jail) are depicting the ‘criminal gallantry’ of these corrupt police officers, who have been ‘robbing’ the prisoners and the relatives of the inmates since long. The pictures grabbed during the last couple of weeks show how bravely the jail wardens are receiving gratification even outside the Camp Jail.
Among these pictures, two police officers including Farukh Rasheed alias Fakhri (kar-e-kaas of the Camp Jail Superintendent Ijaz Asghar) and Muhammad Azam (protocol officer of the superintendent), have been leading the mafia for the last 13 years.
According to the information, several public representatives including few big government functionaries hailing from Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Rajanpur, Toba Tek Singh and from few others districts are patronising the above said mafia. The information collected by this paper say around 210 corrupt jail wardens/officers involved in several bribery, monetary and moral corruption have been reinstated by the Prison Department during the last couple of years. “From January 1, 2009 till December 31, 2011, over 500 departmental inquiries were conducted against such corrupt police officers and dozens of them were dismissed by the department but now they have been reinstated,” a senior officer of the Prison Department alleged.
The informers said out of total 530 jail officials, 12 assistant superintendents, three deputy superintendents, two senior medical practitioners and one superintendent of jail, only few jail wardens are honest.
“The entire jail has been given on ‘contracts’ to such corrupt officers, who collect money from the prisoners, their heirs and un-influential visitors,” they added. A reliable informer-cum-inmate told this scribe the jail superintendent Ijaz Asghar and his team fixed rates for giving various facilities to the prisoners. He said the jail wardens charge Rs 10,000 to allow an inmate for hospitalisation. Similarly, mobile phone use is allowed against a monthly payment of Rs 15,000, and Rs 1,000 for arranging a meeting with an outsider, he stated.
A senior citizen, who wished not to be named, told this reporter that his son was ailing and suffering from serious disease due to low-quality of food but an inmate could only get better-quality food for Rs 10,000 per month.
The information collected by informers, visitors and even by the jail wardens show the superintendent jail has given freehand to his subordinates to generate ‘revenue’ through any mean either by forcing the visitors to bring ‘share’ of the jail authorities or by awarding punishments to the inmates.
“The mafia is so strong that neither the senior officers nor the juniors are even transferred or punished,” said a jail warden.
Camp Jail Superintendent Ijaz Ashgar did not respond despite the repeated phone calls by this scribe to know his version.