Two Pakistani prisoners shifted from Nabha jail
Fearing attack on Pakistani prisoners in the state after the killing of Sarabjit Singh in Lahore, the Punjab government has moved two of them from the maximum security jail here to Ferozepur for safety.punjab Updated: May 03, 2013 20:45 IST
Fearing attack on Pakistani prisoners in the state after the killing of Sarabjit Singh in Lahore, the Punjab government has moved two of them from the maximum security jail here to Ferozepur for safety.
Irfan Ullah, convicted of three terrorist crimes and given 16-year jail sentence, and Shahid Iqrar Bhatti, a man under trial, were transferred under high security around 4.30pm on Friday. Since the death of Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan, the security of Pakistani prisoners had been beefed up in the state and the jail authorities had orderes to put them in independent cells.
On Friday morning, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah was attacked by fellow inmates inside the high-security Kot Balwal jail in Jammu. Nabha jail superintendent Gurpal Singh said his prison here had not enough independent cells and so he had requested senior authorities to transfer the two Pakistanis. "It was impossible for us to provide both prisoners with security without any independent cells to put them in," he said. "Nearly 10 Pakistanis are in the Ferozepur jail already and since they'll be barracked in a common building, they'll be safer there," he added.
First Published: May 03, 2013 20:40 IST