Concerned over growing incidents of radicalisation of young inmates by hardcore terrorists in the Jammu and Kashmir jails, the Centre and the Mehbooba Mufti government are working on a plan to build new prisons for segregation of inmates.
The Mehbooba government wants to build first jail in Srinagar and asked for funds from the Centre in this regard, an official privy to the development said.
“New jails will help the state administration in segregation of young inmates lodged there on lesser charges like stone pelting from the hardcore terrorists,” said an official on anonymity.
It will help the state government to stem the incidents of radicalisation of young inmates or getting entrapped in the jehadi ideology in the company of hardcore militants.
Union home ministry has been frequently getting intelligence reports that radicalisation of inmates.
“The focus is on the state’s summer capital Srinagar where there is only jail. New jail will help in keeling the hardcore elements away from boys who are lodged due to frequent protests they indulge in,” the official said.
In the last few years, the militancy in the Valley is being sustained by the local boys who most of the times don’t even go to Pakistan for training, say intelligence sources. More than five dozen boys from the Valley joined the ranks of militants last year
The state has 13 prisons and the Central Jail in Srinagar is the oldest of them.
Once a stable of Maharaja Hari Singh, the Central Jail, which is located on the foothills of famous ‘Hari-Parbhat’, has a capacity for housing 300 inmates. However, due to lack of proper prison facility, the prison was housing nearly 450 inmates.
(With inputs from PTI)