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Review security, deploy CRPF in J&K prisons: Centre after terrorist escape

The move came following a high-level meeting which was convened after the escape of Pakistani terrorist Naveed Jatt, who was lodged in Srinagar central jail

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CRPF personnel stand guard during a curfew in Srinagar. (Photo:PTI)
Photo: PTI

Taking serious note of the escape of a jailed Pakistani terrorist, the on Friday asked the government to fully review security measures in place in jails and transportation of inmates.

The Union also asked the state government to ensure that no such incident takes place in future and deploy in prison security.

"The 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 official told PTI.

The move came following a high-level meeting which was convened after the escape of Naveed Jatt, who was lodged in central

He fled from a 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 asked the 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 security of hardened terrorists who are lodged in central and they are expected to be moved out to Jammu, Uddhampur, Leh jails and kept in isolation.

There were 16 Pakistani prisoners still in 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 in all aspects of central security -- not only perimeter security but also inside the prison.

Another official said that the government has assured the central 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 superintendent has been suspended and a high-level enquiry by the divisional commissioner ordered, the official said.

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 17:52 IST