Govt asks J&K to review security in jails

Govt asks J&K to review security in jails

Govt asks J&K to review security in jails

After a Pakistani terrorist escaped from custody, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to review security measures in jails and transportation of inmates.

The MHA's action came after Pakistani terrorist, Naveed Jatt, who was lodged in Srinagar Central Jail and taken to a hospital for medical check up, fled some militants opened fire and killed two policemen accompanying him.

Officials said the MHA has taken a serious note of the issue and has advised the state government to fully review security measures and take action to prevent such incidents in future.

The decision to ask the state government to be extra alert came after a high-level meeting here.

The state government has also been asked to quickly fix responsibility for the lapses and also to examine why a high-security prisoner was sent to the outpatient department (OPD) of a hospital.

Officials said the state should review the security arrangements put in place to keep a vigil on hardened terrorists, who are lodged in Srinagar Central Jail and expected to be moved out to Jammu, Uddhampur and Leh jails.

At present, there are 16 Pakistani prisoners still in the Srinagar Central jail. Of this, seven are being shifted to Jammu while the state administration is examining the various options for others.

Officials said the state government should involve the CRPF in all aspects of central jail security - not only perimeter security but also inside the prison.