METICULOUS PROBE REQUIRED

While the condition of jails across the nation continues to be far from satisfaction and requires a drastic transformation, the Jails in the volatile state of Jammu and Kashmir crave special attention in view of being militancy infested. In this regard the revelations after National Investigation Agency’s search at the Central Jail Srinagar, followed by seizure of 25 mobile phones, some SIM cards, five SD cards, five pen drives, one iPod and a large number of “incriminating documents/articles including a poster of Hizbul Mujahideen and a Pakistani flag besides Jihadi literature should serve as an eye opener for those entrusted with the security of the jails in Jammu and Kashmir. The security agencies can’t take this seizure casually as the incriminating materials cannot land inside the Jail premises without the tacit cooperation of certain elements managing the affairs of the Jail. Today’s revelations raise further apprehensions of jail mates in other jails across the state too being involved in anti India activities. The matter does not end here only. What is further startling is that it has been found that fresh recruits of Al-Badr, a proscribed militant organization, were being sent across for arms training in furtherance of a conspiracy hatched from inside the Central Jail Srinagar, a revelation that surfaced during investigation of NIA case RC 07/2018/NIA/DLI after arrest of Danish Ghulam Lone and Sohail Ahmed Bhat by Kupwara Police. The past experience regarding the security of Jails in Jammu and Kashmir can be well gauged from the fact that even the Governor N N Vohra today called for effective security arrangements in the jails of the State while interacting with DG (Prisons) Dilbag Singh at the Raj Bhavan. While the Governor insisted that the jails must ensure welfare of prisoners, function according to the Jail Manual, and house adequate medical arrangements, at the same time today’s seizures from Srinagar Central Jail make it imperative for those in governance especially the security agencies to accord top priority to the issue of serious security breaches pointed after finding incriminating objects and material inside the Jail. It needs to be realized that the issues of adequacy of the number and existing capacity of the jails are the issues of trifling nature as compared to the recent revelations. While the searches conducted in the Central Jail Srinagar by NIA resulted out of a case being handled by the National Investigation Agency, it now becomes necessary to conduct extensive searches of all the jails across the state especially those where the terrorists and anti national elements are being lodged as it involves the question of not only security of the jails but that of the security and existence of the nation. After extensive searches, serious probe needs to be carried out by the topmost agencies of the nation in cases where breaches are found and such probes should be brought to logical conclusion by nailing the culprits especially those from within the establishment thus minimizing the chances of such breaches in future. After all it’s a matter of nation’s security.