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Central Prison, Sukkur

´╗┐The Central Prison was constructed during the year 1938 on six acres of land on the left bank of the River Indus. It is meant for the confinement of convicted as well as under-trial prisoners. Most convicts sentenced to fourteen years or more are transferred here from other jails of the province, under the Government policy. It has a capacity for 1,498 inmates.

The prisoners are taught technical skills in several handicrafts, for which paid technical staff are provided by the Government. These include machine-made carpets and durries, textiles, niwar (cotton mattresses), carpentry and caning, smithying, cobblery, laundry, pottery, and dyeing. It wont be out of context to mention here that this Jail was broken by some gangs of dacoits on March 23,1985, in which more than 40 hardened criminals escaped.

The Jail since its very inception has received number a of political prisoners of pre and post partition era. Khan Bahadur Muhammad Ayud Khuhro, who was falsely implicated in the murder case of former Sindh Chief Minister, Shaheed Allah Bakhsh Soomro, was lodged in this Jail and remained confined until he was finally released in 1944. Founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who pleaded his case also visited this Jail on number of times, in connection with meetings with his client K.B. Muhammad Ayub Khuhro. It is also pertinent to mention here that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, spent three months of her incarceration in this jail during 1980s before the outbreak of MRD led pro-democracy agitation. Although, at that time there was no facility for accommodating a female political prisoner, but she was put in an special cell. She was arrested from Larkana. The cell where she spent her jail days should be declared national heritage.

[Source: Sukkur: Nostalgia of things past by Momin Bullo | Coordinates: EFT]

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