Stone Pelters’ Cases Being Reviewed

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SRINAGAR: A committee set up on the instructions of the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, comprising Director General of Police, Director General Prisons and Principal Secretary Home will review the cases of the nine youth under-trials lodged in various jails on charges of stone-pelting to give them an opportunity to live as responsible citizens.

The Chief Minister chaired a high-level meeting on Monday regarding bringing about Reforms in J&K’s Prisons, an official spokesperson said.

Mehbooba also asked the Director General Police to take up the matter regarding deportation of a deaf and dumb and mentally deranged Pakistani national to his country who is lodged in a jail in the State for having inadvertently crossed the LoC. “Why has been the person kept in jail for so long, when he is not only deaf and dumb, but mentally deranged also,” she asked and said the State and its law enforcing agencies shouldn’t be seen acting in such a callous manner and be more humane in their approach.

Stressing the need for review and up-gradation of the Jail Manual in the State, the Chief Minister said the review, which is already overdue, should be aimed at making the prisons centres of reformation and not the places of punishment.

The Chief Minister also called for identification of alternate site in the periphery of Srinagar city for shifting of Central Jail Srinagar from its existing location in Kathi Darwaza .

 

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