LAHORE - After the incident of Bannu jail, wherein 400 prisoners including militants escaped early Sunday after an attack by armed insurgents, security in Punjab jails has been beefed up on the instructions of Inspector General Prisons Mian Farooq Nazir on Monday. Senior officials of Jail including IG and DIGs visited sensitive jails of the province on Monday and inspected security situation around the jails and passed necessary instructions to ensure security of the inmates.

More than 150 heavily-armed militants stormed the central prison outside the restive northwestern town of Bannu bordering the lawless tribal regions where Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants are known to operate. The accused got their companion freed from the jail who was sentenced to death by court because of his involvement in an attack on former President Pervez Musharraf. IG Prisons Mian Farooq Nazir visited the Multan jail, DIG Salik Jalal visited Gujranwala jail, DIG Chaudry Mubashir visited Sahiwal jail, AIG Rana Rouf visited Multan Jail and DIG Shoukat Feroz visited Mianwali to inspect the security arrangements.

A high level meeting regarding security situation of the jails was held on Monday which was attended by the Law Minister, Home Secretary, IG Police, IG Prisons and other heads of department concerned. A senior officer of the Camp jail said that Bannu incident reflected the security lapse due to which the IG Prisons had instructed to beef up the security. He said that DSP Ichhra, DSP Headquarter and special branch were called to brief about the weak points around the jail. He revealed that permanent police picket was suggested outside the Camp jail and the nursery, run by a local, was proposed to close down. Other security measure included end of motorcycle stand outside the jail, installation of two mechanical barriers and increase police deployment on the main gate. A letter was sent to the SSP Operations for ensuring regular police patrolling outside the jail.