PANAJI: Four Colvale State Central jail officials have been suspended for permitting jail inmates to use firecrackers and burn the effigy of Ravana in the prison premises as part of Dussehra festival celebration.
Inspector General of Prisons has reportedly suspended an assistant superintendent, two jailers and one assistant jailer for dereliction of duties.
IG Prison has also sought explanation from the officials concerned regarding the incident.
The action was initiated after video of the celebration went viral on social media.
The officer said that when the incident came to light, an inquiry was conducted and the responsibility was fixed. The officer said that permission had not been granted to build the Ravana effigy.
“Action has been taken to send a clear message to the staff of the jail and the inmates that such banned activities will not be allowed in the jail,” the officer said.