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A report by judges’ committee concludes prisons in JK too crowded.

The Judges’ Committee report has confirmed to the High Court that the two jails in Jammu and Kashmir—Central Jail Srinagar and District Jail Rajouri—are too crowded to accommodate more prisoners in their facilities.

Nearly all the Principal District Judges have submitted reports following the directions of the High Court in two clubbed Public Interest litigations-one treated by it as PIL following the Supreme Court directions and the other filed by Kashmir Bar Association seeking better jail conditions in Jammu and Kashmir.

A report submitted by Principal District Judge Srinagar in High Court reveals that 396 inmates are currently lodged in Central Jail Srinagar against its intake capacity of 364. The prisoners include convicts and under trials, reveal the report.

As per the report four prisoners convicted in militancy related cases besides other 23 inmates including a female pensioner who have been convicted to undergo rigorous imprisonment stand lodged in the Jail.

Six convicts lodged in the prison facilities are from Nepal while there are other 14 convicts including a female prisoner who have been convicted and awarded simple imprisonment.  Moreover 31 under trial inmates besides one from Pakistan administrated Kashmir and two from Pakistan who have been booked in militancy related cases are lodged in the jail. The report divulges that there are 299 under-trials including 18 females in the jail.

While two under-trials, one from the Netherlands and the other from Bangladesh have been lodged in the jail in non-militancy cases, two detainees, one from Bangladesh and another from Saudi Arabia, are also lodged in the jail in militancy related cases. Besides these, there are other prisoners and detainees lodged in the jail.

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