Prisons serve as rehabilitation centers where convicts are not just confined but are taught important values and skills. But due to their degrading conditions, and the fact that they house some of the deadliest criminals, some of these jails are considered quite dangerous. This article presents a list of the top 10 dangerous jails in India along with some details about them.
Top 10 Dangerous Jails In India
The table below presents the list of the top 10 dangerous jails in India along with the city in which they are situated:
|1||Cellular Jail||Port Blair|
|2||Tihar Jail||New Delhi|
|3||Yerwada Central Jail||Pune|
|4||Puzhal Central Prison||Chennai|
|6||Beur Central Jail||Patna|
|9||Mumbai Central Prison||Mumbai|
|10||Central Jail Kotbhalwal||Jammu|
India’s Top 10 Dangerous Jail
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1. Cellular Jail
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani meaning ‘Black Water’, is considered the most dangerous prison in India. The jail served as a prison during the British colonial rule and many freedom fighters including Batukeshwar Dutt, Veer Savarkar, Sudhanshu Dasgupta, and others were sent to this prison. It is situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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2. Tihar Jail
Although Tihar Jail is considered one of the most dangerous jails in India, it serves more as a correctional institution. Efforts are made here to convert inmates into members of society by instilling useful skills in them. Located in Delhi, Tihar Jail or Tihar Ashram is one of the largest complexes of prisons in India as well as South Asia.
3. Yerwada Central Jail
Yerawada Central Jail is another most dangerous and one of the largest prisons in India. It is also one of the largest prisons in South Asia and the largest in Maharashtra. Well-known freedom fighters and political activists such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru have been sent to this prison.
4. Puzhal Central Prison
Opened in 2006, Puzhal Central Prison (also called Pulhal Central Prison) is a replacement for the former Chennai Central Prison. It is one of the largest prison complexes in India and is spread over an area of 212 acres. The prison holds convicts, remand prisoners, and women convicts in three different buildings.
5. Moradabad Jail
Located in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh, Moradabad Jail ranks fifth in the list of top 10 dangerous jails in India. Although the prison is not ample in capacity, a large number of prisoners are being still held there. As a result of this, the inmates at this prison sleep in different shifts.
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6. Beur Central Jail
Beur Central Jail is another overcrowded prison in India that serves as the central jail for the Bihar state. Located in the capital city of Patna, Beur Central is also one of the most dangerous prisons in the country. The jail has 131 wards and 170 special cells and each has a capacity to hold about 20 prisoners.
7. Dasna Jail
Dasna Jail is believed to hold some of the most-wanted criminals in the country and is also one of the most dangerous prisons. Known earlier for its lack of hygiene and poor living conditions of inmates, the condition at the jail is much improved from before. Popular convicts held in this jail include those from the Nithari case and the Aarushi Talwar case.
8. Begusarai Jail
Begusarai Jail was infamous for the frequent riots among convicts and the poor quality food being served to the inmates. This jail is located in Begusarai, a major city located in the state of Bihar. The prison is often in the news for the horrifying crime activities going on inside the prison complex.
9. Mumbai Central Prison
Mumbai Central Prison, also called Arthur Road Jail, is the oldest and largest prison in Mumbai. Spread over 2 acres of area, the jail has a capacity of around 800 prisoners but holds around three to four times more than the given capacity. The jail is infamous for prison violence among gangs.
10. Central Jail Kotbhalwal
The list of the top 10 dangerous jails in India concludes with the Central Jail Kotbhalwal which is located in Jammu. Operational since 1999, Kotbhalwal Jail is a high-security prison running at a higher inmate capacity than originally intended.
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