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14 jail officials in Punjab face action

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Up to 14 jail officials may face stern action for allegedly allowing two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to contact their handlers in Pakistan, a said here today.

These officials were posted at three jails -- Nabha, and -- between 2009 and 2011 when the two terrorists got access to

"A preliminary inquiry established 14 officials were posted in jails (during the period) and the prison department has asked the government to take stern action against them," of Police (Prisons) I P S Sahota said.

In December last year, a court in had asked the government to act against the erring jail officials for allowing LeT terrorists lodged in the state's jails to contact the handlers.

The court had then awarded life terms to eight LeT terrorists, including the two lodged in Punjab jails, for criminal conspiracy, recruitment for terror activities and

Of the two terrorists, was lodged in jail, while spent time in and jails.

Rajasthan's anti-terror squad had taken them into custody after their with their handlers were intercepted.

DIG Jails Lakhminder Singh Jakhar was in where Iqbal was lodged in 2009.

The other officials include jail superintendents Sukhwinder Singh, Gurpal Singh Saroya, and Jeewan Kumar Garg, and retired superintendents Prem Sagar Sharma, J P Singh, G S Sandhu and Balbir Singh Bisla.

A deputy superintendent, Charanjit Singh, has passed away.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 20:10 IST