2,364 prisoners, including 76 under PSA in J&K jails

SRINAGAR :  Fiftyone foreigners and 25 state subjects booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) are among 2,364 prisoners lodged in different jails in Jammu and Kashmir as on July 31, 2014.
However, only 12 people are lodged in the jails outside the status, he said.
In a written reply in the Legislative Assembly to a question by lone Communist Party of India (M) member Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also Home Minister, said there are 2,364 prisoners in various jails of the state.
He said of these, 354 are convicts, 1,934 undertrials. Among the undertrials, challans have been produced against 1,834 prisoners.
Mr Abdullah said as on July 31 this year, 76 people were detained under PSA. Out of these 25 belong to Jammu and Kashmir and 51 are foreigners.
He said as per Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety (Amendment) Act 2012, the period of detention in case of a person acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order is three months. However, in case of persons acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state is six months.
He said the case of PSA are regularly reviewed as per the provisions of the PSA 1978.
Mr Abdullah said the number of persons from Jammu and Kashmir outside the state jails is 12.    However, keeping in view the security of these prisoners and their families, it may not be advisable to disclose the details of each convict, undertrial and detenue, the reply  said.


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