The relocation of Dhaka Central Jail from the heart of the capital to its outskirts Keraniganj completed on Friday night with the shifting of its all inmates to the new one amid tight security.
A total of 6,511 prisoners were moved to the new central jail from the old one, said senior jail super Jahangir Kabir.
The shifting of the jail inmates completed around 10:30 pm today (Friday) although the jail authorities earlier had decided to complete the process in two days ending on Saturday. The shifting process started around 5:30 am amid tight security.
Around 2,600 law enforcers, including policemen and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) remained deployed in different strategic points on roads leading to the new central jail from old one.
Besides, 800 jail guards remained stationed in and around the new Dhaka Central Jail to avert any untoward incident.
Sources at the Dhaka Central Jail said prisoners were shifted to Keraniganj in 18 spells.
A total of 23 prison vans, each having a capacity of carrying 340 prisoners at a time, shifted the jail inmates.
Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Hossain himself monitored the transfer process of prisoners.
Earlier on April 10, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the new Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
Though the prisoners were scheduled to be shifted to the new central jail by April, it had not been possible for various reasons, including security.
The new central jail has been built on 194.41 acres of land costing total Tk406 crore.
Of the 4,000 accommodation capacity in the new central jail, 100 seats have been arranged for male adolescents, 30 for mentally-challenged male prisoners, 200 for woman inmates, 40 for female adolescent prisoners, 20 for female mentally-challenged prisoners.
Besides, 60 classified wards and 400 cells have also been constructed for dangerous prisoners.
A 200-bed hospital and a daycare centre have also been set up on the new jail premises at Rajendrapur under South Keraniganj, adjacent to Dhaka-Mawa Highway.
In 1836, a Mughal fort at Chawkbazar at the old part of Dhaka was converted into a jail from a criminal ward set up in 1788. Later, it was made a central jail in 1929.
The jail had been used to house criminals as well as political prisoners, especially during the Language Movement of 1952, the Six-point Movement and the Bangladesh Liberation War.
The jail was built on 36.76 acres of land. There were 48 wards, 12 cell building, 233 rooms in the cells, 5 kitchens, 6 work sheds, 4 training sheds for maintenance work, 1 jail bakery, 1 daycare center and a multipurpose shed inside the jail compound.
There are now 13 central jails and 55 district jails in the country.