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Govt mulls to allow public to taste prison life living in jail

Update : 28 Oct 2016, 06:59 PM
The jail authorities have been planning to allow public for gaining prison life experience living inside the bar at the Old Central Jail premises. Inspector General of Prisons Syed Iftekhar Uddin said this On Friday while briefing a press conference held for opening the Old Central Jail for the public from November 2-5. “Many countries around the world allow the public to get an experience of the prison life in exchange of a fee; we are also planning to incorporate that option here,” said Iftekhar. Jail officials visited India, Philippines and some others countries recently and were inspired by them on how they had used their old jail premises which ultimately led to this initiative, Iftekhar added. “Besides, the old site will also host a museum and training centre for jail authorities, and an entertainment park and an open theatre for the inhabitants of Old Dhaka.” To commemorate the Jail Killing Day on November 3, there will also be an exclusive photo exhibition depicting Bangabandhu and four national leaders. Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the exhibition on November 1. Public will be allowed to enter the premises of the old jail by buying a ticket of Tk100 from November 2-5. When asked, why the public will be charged for entry, Iftekhar said: “The old jail premises is large and we need keep a tight security there. Keeping that in mind, we have fixed the ticket price. The money that will be collected from the tickets will be used for the welfare of the 44 children living with their inmate mothers at Kashimpur jail.” Prisons IG Iftekhar also informed: “As the prime minister wishes to visit the Old Central Jail before the inauguration, we will start working on the premises after her visit.” During the press conference, the jail authority opened the old jail premises to journalists to look around the Bangabandhu and four national leaders’ museum, and other cells where prisoners were kept inside the old jail. Four sculptures of four national leaders Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M Mansoor Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman were set in front of the museum, where the leaders were killed on November 3, 1975. The Old Central Jail was shifted to Rajendrapur of South Keraniganj on July of this year.
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