Rajahmundry Jail DIG dismisses Naidu’s health & safety concerns

  • Published Oct 14, 2023 | 12:39 PMUpdated Oct 14, 2023 | 12:39 PM
  • Published Oct 14, 2023 | 12:39 PMUpdated Oct 14, 2023 | 12:39 PM
Rajahmundry Jail DIG dismisses Naidu’s health & safety concerns

The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Rajahmundry Jail, M Ravi Kiran, held a press conference today to dismiss “baseless allegations” made by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) concerning the health and security of their incarcerated party leader, Chandrababu Naidu. Allaying TDP’s concerns about Naidu’s well-being and the conditions of his confinement, the DIG assured that Naidu is being provided adequate facilities and he is keeping well. DIG reassured that there is no reason for anyone to worry about the sanitary conditions of the prison cell and his security as the Jail administration is following all required provisions to ensure his safety.

During the press conference, DIG Ravi Kiran presented a series of key points addressing the allegations:

Medication Management: ‘Naidu brought his own medicines with him on the day he was admitted to Rajamahendravaram prison, and these medications have been closely monitored by the jail’s medical officers to ensure Naidu receives the necessary treatment.’

Health Records: According to records from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), ‘Naidu weighed 66 kilograms when he entered the prison. Over the course of his imprisonment, his weight increased to approximately 68.7 kilograms. As of the most recent measurement, he weighed 67 kilograms, still one kilogram more than his initial weight.’

Health Monitoring: The jail authorities are taking extensive precautions regarding Naidu’s health. They conduct vital sign checks three times daily, thus dispelling rumors of significant weight loss.

Dehydration Complaint: Two days ago, Naidu complained of slight dehydration. In response, the jail authorities promptly provided him with oral rehydration solutions (ORS) and closely monitored his fluid intake to ensure he consumed a sufficient amount of liquids as recommended by jail doctors.

Skin Allergy: When Naidu reported a skin allergy, the prison authorities sought the assistance of the Superintendent of the Government General Hospital (GGH). An expert team from GGH visited the prison and provided the necessary medicines based on their advice.

Safety Concerns: To allay concerns about Chandrababu Naidu’s safety, DIG M Ravi Kiran further clarified that the jail authorities have implemented stringent security measures. Naidu, as a high-profile prisoner, is under continuous surveillance, with a head warden and six wardens stationed at the SNEHA Block exclusively allocated to him. A Jailer has been appointed to comprehensively inspect the food and other items brought to Naidu, ensuring both his safety and security during jail interviews (mulaqat). It is also being ensured that no other prisoner or guard ventures beyond the designated area when Naidu leaves his barrack (SNEHA Block) to the jail’s main gate until he returns back.

Earlier in the day, YSRCP General Secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy also addressed the issue, affirming that Chandrababu Naidu’s health remains in good condition. He criticized TDP-aligned media and influencers for spreading false information to elicit public sympathy for the ‘Skilled Criminal Naidu,’ who was serving jail time for crores of public money. He further reminded people that Naidu is in jail due to his alleged criminal activities and for looting people under the guise of government projects.

‘Chandrababu Naidu’s health condition is good. Contrary to the lies being spread by TDP, Naidu has in fact gained 1 kg weight. Yellow media is trying to spread lies in a bid to attract public sympathy for Naidu. The same media houses are not saying that Chandrababu did wrong and hence went to jail, but now are trying to distract the public. Also, one must remember that Jail is not anyone’s mother-in-law’s house that you will be treated royally. It’s a jail and Naidu is behind bars because he is a criminal,’ Sajjala stated.