Arnab Goswami spent his first night in jail at a school in Alibaug

News Desk: Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV, who was arrested in an abetment to suicide case by the police on Wednesday, spent his first night in jail at a school in Alibaug which is being used as a temporary prison.

A prisoner is kept in temporary jail to complete quarantine period before being sent to the main prison.

The official capacity of Alibaug jail is 82 inmates while it houses 99 prisoners at present.

Taking the utmost precaution to prevent the spread of contagious coronavirus in jails, the Maharashtra prison authorities had started more than 30 temporary jails in 23 cities of the state. The government rest houses, schools, hostels and some colleges are being used for 14-day quarantine for new prisoners before sending them to regular jails.

“This is helping us to avoid spread of coronavirus in the jails,” said a jail official. While there is no new admission in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, all the new prisoners from the city are being sent to Taloja jail. Once they reach Taloja, they are kept in temporary prisons and after spending 14 days in quarantine and a medical check up, they are shifted to the regular jails.

The jail authorities in the state had started temporary prisons to stop the spread of Covid-19 in prisons after 158 prisoners and 28 jail officials the at Arthur Road jail were found Covid positive in May this year.

All temporary prisons have adequate security and police are deployed in and around the campus. “The purpose of keeping them at temporary jail is to find out if they are infected with Covid-19. The prisoners are also examined by doctors and moved to the regular jail only after a doctor’s report,” added the source.