Moving prisoners out of J&K An administrative exercise: DG Prisons

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Srinagar- The transfer of prisoners from Jammu and Kashmir out of the Union Territory is a purely administrative exercise undertaken due to overcrowding in the prisons, the Director General of Prisons of HK Lohia said on Saturday.

Lohia was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Srinagar Central Jail.

It is (the movement of prisoners) an administrative matter. If the prisoners in a prison exceed its capacity, some of them must be transferred outside. For this process, all parameters are checked.

But it’s not like we can’t deal with radicalization here and we have to send them outside where it can be dealt with. It is therefore at best an administrative exercise, said DG Prisons.

He was responding to a question about reports that 150 detainees, including terrorists, had been moved to prisons outside JK after being allegedly involved in radicalizing other prisoners.

Lohia said radicalization inside prisons is not a serious issue and the department is addressing it.

Radicalization occurs when their minds are filled with poison. Moreover, if they have suffered something bad, the risks of radicalization are greater. So we have to keep that in mind and we have to keep them engaged in various constructive activities like we have music camps etc here.

An idle mind may have such thoughts, but if there are such elements, then we have their treatment and also advise them. So it’s not a very serious problem, but yes, we’re dealing with that too, he said.

On the issue of imprisoned terrorists being able to communicate with their network outside of prisons to carry out certain activities, DG Prisons said that while such incidents cannot be denied, it is not like a free highway and the department is taking action preventive.

If we say every prisoner talks on the phone like it’s a free highway, then it’s not like that. You encounter a bad network outside (prison) and you have to understand the situation inside the prisons.

“So these are narratives that are being built. Things are under control, but yeah, that can’t be completely denied and whatever action needs to be taken to curb that, we will take it,” he said. he adds.

Lohia said prisons are like hospitals where prisoners are treated to make them better.

Prison is a place of correction. Our effort is that those who come out of prison do not return there. We also give them professional training so that it helps them in their future life. We have taken a number of measures, several initiatives to provide them with better facilities and we will continue to make better arrangements for them, he said.

Previously, DG Prisons donated blood at Srinagar Central Jail and launched blood donation campaign to support the nationwide mega blood donation campaign on Prime Minister’s birthday Narendra Modi.

The department has launched such camps in 13 prisons across the Union Territory.

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