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    Jammu KashmirJK tops in detainees escaping from police lock-ups

    JK tops in detainees escaping from police lock-ups


    JK tops in detainees escaping from police lock-ups 

    NL Correspondent

    SRINAGAR: While most prisons in Jammu and are ‘over crowded' with prisoners, the police has been putting up arrestees in police stations for days together which are ‘vulnerable' for detainees to escape from lock-ups.


    There are 14 jails functional in the state out of which 2 are central jails, 10 are district jails and 2 are sub jails whose intake capacity is around 3000 but most of them remain ‘over-crowded' with prisoners. To overcome the lack of space in prisons, the police has been putting up arrestees in police station lock-ups for days together.


    But what has become a cause of concern for security agencies that Jammu and Kashmir falls one among the top in states in where many detainees escaped from lock-ups during the 2015.


    A report of the Records Bureau has revealed that 184 people escaped from lock-ups in India during 2015 of which 19 escaped in J&K alone.


    The escaping from police lock-ups according to police sources was because of “poor infrastructure” in police stations in J&K.


    The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has also criticized J&K government for providing “poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities for the state police force that needs it the most in the country”. It has also said that 18  police stations  and  103  police posts  are   without   their   own   buildings   and   functioning  in hired accommodation.


    The state government has now been directed speedy implementation of ‘Modernization of Police Forces' for providing cops with secure police stations, training centers, police housing (residential), equipping the police stations with the required mobility, modern weaponry, communication equipment and forensic set-up.


    The escaping of arrestees from police stations has also put into focus for modifying of prisons in the state to increase their intake capacity so that arrestees are shifted to jails.


    “We are facing a tough time to accommodate new prisoners due to lack of space in some prisons including at the Central Jail Srinagar. There are always chances that minor scuffles could turn into major clashes as barracks of most of the prisons in Kashmir are packed over to the capacity,” a senior official of prisons department said.


    Recently many policemen and some prisoners' were injured in a scuffle at district jail Baramulla.


    Director General Prisons S K Mishra said there is an intake capacity of 3000 prisoners in jails in the state. “There are few jails which are little overcrowded but there are still some blocks and barracks vacant in some jails where more prisoners could be accommodated,” Mishra said. He said they were considering to modify some jails to increase their capacity.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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