July 2007 News

After Security, Ultras Pose Risk Of Spreading Diseases

30 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Authorities in high security Kot Bhalwal and other jails across the State were faced with a unique problem. Besides keeping a hawk's eye on activities of dreaded militants lodged in the Prisons, who had gone on a rampage in Kot Bhalwal jail in December last year before being set right, the authorities were forced to incur funds worth several lakhs on the militants including Afghanis and Pakistanis, who were suffering with diseases like cancer, psychiatric and diabetes. According to official sources, an Afghani, Ghulam Mohd son of Mohd Hashim, a resident of Kabul, Afghanistan, presently detained in Kot Bhalwal jail under Public Safety Act, has developed deadly cancer. 'A minimum amount of Rs 30,000 is being spent on his treatment every week including radio-therapy and drugs etc', they said. Prison authorities couldn't say as to whether the Afghani was suffering from cancer when he infiltrated into Indian territory or developed the disease after his intrusion. The killer disease was, however, detected about one year back and since then Jail authorities have spent lakhs of rupees on his treatment. Intelligence agencies have, meanwhile, written to the External Affairs Ministry to take up deportation of Ghulam Mohd with Afghanistan Government so that the Prisons Department could be saved from the huge cost of treatment of the Afghani. Rs 40,000 per week are being spent on a murder accused from Rajasthan, Rajbir Singh son of Surjeet Singh R-o Bharatpur, Rajasthan, who was suffering from lung cancer. There are more than two dozen Psychiatric patients, mostly in the two jails of Jammu, who not only required regular medical examination but also costly treatment from the account of Prisons Department. Diabetes was also on the rise among the jail inmates especially in Kot Bhalwal jail where dreaded militants have been lodged. Seven militants in Kot Bhalwal jail alone were suffering from acute diabetes while the number of diabetic patients in other jails was also increasing alarmingly and was said to be over three dozen. Though all jails have medical facilities, the detenues with serious ailments are taken for treatment in Government Medical Colleges or District Hospitals. However, medical check-up of the detenues in most of the jails have revealed that there was no HIV positive patient in any jail so far. Sources said the Jail authorities have started facing shortage of funds due to funds worth lakhs being spent on treating the militant detenues. They were also worried over the fact that the diseases could spread among other jail inmates, which will further add to their financial burden. According to sources, some of the militants, affected by the deadly diseases, have completed their sentence and could be deported back to their countries if an initiative is taken by the External Affairs Ministry at the earliest. 'Their deportation will not only secure other detenues but will also save the huge expenditure being incurred on them', they said.


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