Taking serious note of the escape of a jailed Pakistani militant from a Srinagar hospital, the Government of India on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to fully review security measures in place in jails and transportation of inmates.
The Home Ministry also asked the state government to ensure that no such incident takes place in future and deploy CRPF in prison security.
“The home ministry has taken 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,” a senior home ministry official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. The move came following a high-level meeting which was convened after the escape of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Naveed Jatt, who was lodged in Srinagar central jail.
He fled from the SMHS hospital in the city after some militants shot and killed two policemen accompanying him. Jatt was taken to the hospital for medical checkup. The home ministry has also asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to fix responsibility for lapses and also to examine why a high-security prisoner was sent to the OPD of a hospital.
The official said the state government has also issued instructions to immediately review the security of hardened militants who are lodged in Srinagar central jail and they are expected to be moved out to Jammu, Uddhampur, Leh jails and kept in isolation. There were 16 Pakistani prisoners still in Srinagar jail, of whom seven are being shifted to Jammu and discussions are on where to shift the others.
The state government has been asked to involve CRPF in all aspects of central jail security — not only perimeter security but also inside the prison. Another official said that the Jammu and Kashmir government has assured the government of taking necessary steps and reviewing the entire jail security.
Consequently, the state government has transferred Director General of Prisons S K Mishra and appointed Dilbag Singh in his place. The Srinagar jail superintendent has been suspended and a high-level inquiry by the divisional commissioner ordered, the official said.