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Working conditions poor, cops dread jail posting 

Patiala: Few police officials are willing to serve in the Jail Department as superintendent, thanks to ills afflicting the state prisons. Threat by gangsters, lack of infrastructure and shortage of staff are among the drawbacks.

This is evident from the fact that after posting as jail superintendent, many proceed on leave or use their connections to get posting elsewhere. At present, three central jails in the state are without a superintendent-level officer, as the ones named have refused to join.

Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that the officers sent on deputation as jail superintendents have proceeded on leave and are yet to join their posting almost a fortnight after the orders.

They are Jaspal Singh Hans (Faridkot), Shamsher Singh Boparai (Ludhiana) and SS Mand (Amritsar). The only exception is PPS officer Ranbir Uppal, who is serving as Gurdaspur jail superintendent. In central jails, only an SSP-rank officer holds the post of superintendent. Earlier last month, a senior IPS officer also sought exemption from jail posting. In 2016, three PPS officers had refused to join Kapurthala and Gurdaspur jails.

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