February 2018 News

Massive Review Of J&K Prisons Calls For Enhancing Security Measures

16 February 2018
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: In a bid to strengthen the security in various jails across the state, an ongoing massive review of various prisons has pointed out an immediate need for enhancing the security measures to ensure zero incidents of jail break and for travel of high risk prisoners. To begin with, the J&K police and the Prisons department have decided to shift all the high risk militant prisoners from Central Jail Srinagar to various prisons in Jammu, but not before ensuring 'proper security measures.' 'I have visited various prisons soon after taking over the charge of Prisons department. I visited district Jail Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi prisons in Jammu region,' director general of prisons, Dilbagh Singh told Greater Kashmir. 'I took stock of the situation including various skill developing programs being run in various jails for the prisoners. I also took review of the security related measures. I am of the belief that security of almost all the prisons in Jammu region need to be enhanced.' The DG prisons said the nature of security measures, which need to be improved have been identified. 'Now, we will take the government on board and action will follow soon,' he said. He said once the review of all the prisons in Jammu would end, he would visit all the prisons in Kashmir region. 'Whatever security measures are to be taken, we will take that,' he said. Asked whether there are plans of shifting all the militants lodged in Central Jail Srinagar to Jammu, he evaded the reply, but stated that 'this is an ongoing process.' However, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said that all the high risk militant prisoners lodged in Central Jail Srinagar will be shifted to Jammu prison. 'The order (from the Home department) is for only militant prisoners,' the DGP said. Vaid has already issued an order directing the Prisons department to shift all the militant prisoners, in need of medical treatment, to police hospital Srinagar. The police hospital, Srinagar has also been authorised to take a call whether the militant prisoner needs to be shifted for advanced treatment in any of the government hospitals. There are 14 jails functional in J&K where 2500 prisoners including high risk inmates are currently lodged. Earlier, nine foreign militants, who were lodged in Central Jail Srinagar, were shifted to Jammu jails. A source in the home department said that directive to conduct review of all the prisons across the State comes in the wake of 'dramatic' and successful escape of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jhat alias Abu Hanzullah from SMHS hospital on February 6. Naveed managed to flee amid killing of two police men accompanying him. The incident has already sent the police and prisons department into a tizzy forcing them to go for jail reviews to ensure 'fool-proof security cover to high risk prisoners.'