BJP-PDP Planning Gitmo Like Prison in J&K, Report

From Telegraph Kolkotta Front Page
From Telegraph Kolkotta Front Page



Kolkotta based Telegraph on Thursday reported that Delhi has asked J&K government to set up a “separate high-security prison like the one at Guantanamo Bay or Gitmo in Cuba to house convicted terrorists from Pakistan and those facing trial in terror cases”. The project is aimed at preventing other detainees from getting radicalized, its Delhi writer Imran Ahmed Siddiqui reported.

Quoting MHA sources, the report said the recent decision has already been conveyed to Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti. The state government has agreed and sought Rs 7 crore for building the Gitmo clone, the report added.

It further added that that the decision was in response to reports that “terror convicts and suspects lodged in the jails in Jammu and Kashmir were a “big threat” even inside the jails” and are “likely to lure and radicalise petty criminals.” The report by security agencies, the newspaper said, had “cited some examples where ordinary criminals joined terror outfits after being radicalised by terrorists inside jails.”

J&K has 28 Pakistani nationals accused in terror cases lodged in its jails, the report added. Earlier a similar idea was mooted in Gujarat in 2010 but did not take off, it added.

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