West Bengal Govt shifts Pak inmates to high-security cells

“The Pakistani inmates will not be allowed to move out of the sensitive zones for now. Our officers are keeping a close watch on these cells round the clock,” he added.

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West Bengal government has shifted 14 Pakistani prisoners, lodged in two correctional homes in the state, to separate barracks and “high-security” cells, amid soaring tension between India and its western neighbour, a senior official told the media. West Bengal is the first state to move on the issue of security after a 50 year old Pakistani was killed in a Rajasthan jail, by fellow inmates last week.

According to media reports, strict instructions have been issued to separate Pakistani inmates from others following the incident in Rajasthan jail. They have been shifted to high-security cells, where heavyweight prisoners, such as those arrested for American Center attack and Maoists have been staying,” the official of West Bengal Correctional Services said. A three-layered cordon has been set up for the security of the 14 prisoners, he said

Of the 14 inmates, four are lodged at Presidency Correctional Home in the city and the other 10 at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home, Kolkata.  Though most inmates enjoy a bonhomie, the triggered and politically motivated hate propaganda has made them vulnerable.



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