Jail Authorities Refuse Air Conditioning for Naidu Citing Mosquito Bite Concerns:
Central jail authorities have declined to install an air conditioning unit in the block where former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is serving a two-week remand.
Reports suggest that Naidu is facing difficulties in jail due to mosquito bites. Three days ago, former finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, after meeting Naidu in prison, stated that the party leader was bothered by mosquitoes and called on the government and central prison authorities to provide air conditioning in Naidu’s cell.
The recent death of remand prisoner Ganjeti Satyanarayana (19) has raised concerns among Telugu Desam leaders. Satyanarayana, who was sent to the central prison on September 6 in a robbery case, contracted dengue and developed a fever, leading to his death on September 19 at the Government General Hospital in Kakinada.
Nara Lokesh, TD general secretary, expressed his worry about the mosquito problem in Naidu’s cell. He tweeted that mosquitoes were biting his father, and he accused Chief Minister Jagan Reddy of orchestrating a conspiracy and filing “illegal” cases to harass his father. Lokesh asserted that the CM should bear responsibility if anything unfortunate happened to Naidu.
Ravikiran, Prisons DIG, stated, “There are 2,064 prisoners in the central jail, including gardening and jail personnel. It is our responsibility to ensure their safety as per established guidelines.”
He mentioned that the district malaria officer inspected the central prison and evaluated the mosquito situation. The officer found no larvae or standing water in the central jail, and fumigation was conducted weekly.
“To the best of my knowledge, no prison can offer such a facility. However, if the courts allow it and we receive directives from higher authorities, the central jail authorities can take any necessary steps,” Ravikiran added.