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(English) Govt relocates Central Prison

Central jail of Kathmadnu.Photo credit: ekantipur
Central jail of Kathmadnu.Photo credit: ekantipur

KATHMANDU, Nepal– Citing limited prospects for expansion, the government decided to shift Kathmandu based Central Jail, to Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot.

The government decided to shift the prison as per the suggestion of a report prepared by a task force formed   two years ago.

The task force formed to study physical and managerial aspects of all 74 prisons in the country has also recommended the government to improve physical infrastructures inside the jail across the country.

Established in 1914,  country’s oldest prison currently lodges as many as some 2,000 inmates, though it is meant for 1,200.
AIG Ramesh Kumar Shrestha, advocate Sunil Ranjan Singh and former NID director Bhagwat Chaudhary were the member of the task force while  Director General of the Department of Prisons Durga Prasad Bhattarai was member secretary.

Government’s spokesperson Minendra Rijal said the prison would be shifted after constructing the necessary infrastructure at the proposed site.

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