WB govt shifts Pak inmates to high-security cells

Last Updated 28 February 2019, 11:50 IST

West Bengal government has shifted several foreign convicts including 14 Pakistani inmates at correctional homes in the state to the high-security cells following the terror attack on CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have shifted foreign inmates in our jails to high-security cells to avoid any untoward incidents. The decision has been taken in the wake of the attack on CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir,” Correctional Administration Minister Ujjal Biswas told DH.

Sources revealed that among shifted, 14 are Pakistan nationals. They are lodged in the Presidency Correctional Home and Dum Dum Correctional Home.

“A three-layer security cover has been set up for them,” a senior official said.

He also said that among the Pakistani inmates some were arrested for violating visa rules.

However, government sources said that the Pakistani inmates are on good terms with others and there was very little possibility of conflict among them.

The development comes at a time when tension between India and Pakistan is on the rise. Earlier, a Pakistani prisoner was beaten to death by fellow inmates inside a jail in Rajasthan following the terror attack on CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir.

(Published 27 February 2019, 11:49 IST)

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