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Sanaullah's death: Tension resurfaces in Jammu Jail

Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times  Jammu, May 09, 2013
First Published: 15:24 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:38 IST(10/5/2013)

Tension resurfaced in Kot Bhalwal jail on Thursday after the death of Sanaullah. Pakistani prisoners raised anti-India slogans and demanded action against the accused. Meanwhile, Indian inmates also raised slogans against the jail authorities for being locked up in barracks for about a week.

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However, jail authorities intervened and controlled the situation. "Pakistani inmates were demanding action against the accused and jail authorities assured them of a stringent action," said a senior jail official, wishing not to be named.

"The Pakistan nationals lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail wanted action against the accused. The jail authorities assured them of the same and they were satisfied with the assurance," DG prison K Rajendra told HT.

Kot Bhalwal, a highly sensitive jail, has 380 inmates including 22 Pakistan national.

According to jail sources, locals lodged in jail, after hearing sloganeering, also started protesting though for other reasons. They are protesting for being lodged in barrack.

"They were demanding to be allowed to come out in open for regular work. They were quite agitated for being lodged in barracks since May 3, " said a jail official, wishing not to be named.

The jail authorities had sent all inmates to the barracks and were not being allowed to come out. Before May 3, the inmates would come out in open for different jail duties and those not assigned duties were also allowed to come out of their barracks for some time.

"They (locals) were asking for what fault they had been locked up in barracks," said the jail official.

According to sources, since the incident, all inmates were being even food inside their barrack.

After the jail-break attempt of 1999, where Sanaullah was also involved in digging tunnel, Pak nationals were not being segregated. They are kept in the same barrack  but in separate block. The locals are lodged in adjoining barrack of Pak nationals.

After the incident as an extra precaution jail authorities had barred their movement and were expecting sloganeering by Pakistan national but from locals.

"We have put in place modalities. Extra precaution is being taken to minimise any chance of confrontation in jails particularly in Kot Bhalwal jail and also in jails across the states," DGP prison K Rajendra told HT.

Sanaullah was attacked by Vinod Kumar, serving life imprisonment, on May 3 after he had tiff with him. Vinod smashed the head of Sanaullah with a brick.

He was airlifted to PGI, Chandigarh, last Friday. After the death of Sanaullah, Jammu jail authorities are on their toes and taking no chances.

The state government had already directed jail authorities to increase surveillance on jail premises, beef up security, watch prisoners' movement and segregate Indian and Pakistani inmates. Jail authorities in Udhampur Jail, too, are taking extra precautionary measurers after that incident.


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