All five Central jails in Chhattisgarh are "overcrowded" as over 13,000 inmates are lodged there against the existing capacity of 5883, the Legislative Assembly was told today. "As against the capacity of 5883, there are 13,093 inmates lodged in five central jails as on December 31, 2016," State Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra stated in a written reply to a query of the Congress MLA Motilal Dewangan. These facilities are located in Raipur, Bastar, Bilaspur, Sarguja and Durg districts. "The central jail in Raipur houses 3,275 prisoners as against the capacity of 1,190, while the central jail at Durg has 2,114 inmates as against the capacity of 1206. "Similarly, the central jail at Bilaspur houses 3,397 prisoners though it has facility to keep only 1,328.
The central jail at Jagdalpur (Bastar) houses 1,967 inmates and one at Ambikapur (Sarguja) 2,340 as against the capacity of 1139 and 1020, respectively," the reply said.
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