Srinagar, Jan 23: Government on Tuesday said that a total number of 2504 prisoners including 69 foreign nationals are lodged in various jails in the Jammu and Kashmir state.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while replying to a written reply by a legislator Er Rasheed said that a total of 1504 detainees/prisoners lodged in various jails in the state.
“20 persons including 07 foreign national convicted under militancy releated cases, 227 including 12 foreign national convicts common law, 170 including 20 foreign national undertrials militancy releated, 2010 including 30 foreign national undertrials common law, 63 detenues militancy releated, 16 detenues under NDPS and 98 are other detenues,” Mehbooba informed the house of legislative assembly.
Mehbooba said that it would not be feasible to disclose the particulars of the detainees/under trial/convicts, keeping in view their security and the security of their families. The details of detainees/prisoners lodged in various jails outside the state are not maintained in home department.
“The facilities necessary for the well being of prisoners as envisaged in the manual for Superintendence and Management of jails, are provided to the Prisoners, which inter-alia, include proper protein rich diet, safe and secure shelter and requisite seasonal bedding. Special Medicare/facility to the ailing inmates and round the clock medical supervision and medicines are being provided to the inmates as per prescription/advice of doctor”, Mehbooba said.
Besides, the inmates are referred to the Medical college or concerned duper speciality hospital for specialized treatment in case any serious a ailment is observed. Proper bedding is issued to the inmates during summer and winter which include quilts, mattress, blankets, bed sheets and pillows. In winter zone jails, hard coke/charcoal is being provided to the jails for use in the barracks, Mehbooba said.
“Proper sports facilities like Volleyball, Badminton, cricket, Carom Board, Lufo, chess etc are also available to the inmates in the jails. TV sets for entertainment and newspaper and magazines are also available to the inmates on daily basis”, Mehbooba said.
Moreover, facilities are also available for continuing the education of inmates through IGNOU study centred, universities of J&K and JK BOSE. In addition. Mass Literacy Programs are being run along with the vocational training programme in different trades like cutting and tailoring, candle making, embroidery, computer carpentry, house wiring, cloth weaving, beautician and hair cutting etc, she said.
Besides, above legal aid clinics are also functioning in all the jails to provide assistance to those inmates who lack resources to engage the lawyers to draft their petition, Mehbooba said.
Bijbehara: 40 polling booths with zero votes
Bijbehara, Apr 23: Home turf of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Bijbehara assembly segment under the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, reported highest concentration of polling stations where zero votes were cast.
Among the 65 booths in Anantnag where zero votes were cast, 40 were located in Bijbehara, one of the six assembly constituencies where voting took place in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections Tuesday.
People cast their votes in 714 polling stations in Anantnag. Bijbehara, the home constituency of PDP president Mufti, had 120 polling booths set up for a population of 93,289 people.
A total of 1,893 electorate or 2 per cent exercised their franchise when the polling ended at 4 pm. The voting time for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was reduced in view of security considerations. The Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, where voting took place in the first phase, saw 17 polling stations with zero while the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, which went to polls in the second phase, recorded zero votes in 90 booths.
Polling in Anantnag, which has 16 assembly seats, has been divided into three phases. The first phase was completed on Tuesday while remaining two will be held on April 29 and May 6. The decision for staggered polling was taken keeping in view the security situation in South Kashmir which has seen many encounters between security forces and militants.
On February 14, over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a miliant attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Clubbing of booths kept voters away
Srinagar, Apr 23: The clubbing of the polling booths in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency Tuesday discouraged many voters, who preferred to stay at home rather than walking long distances to cast their votes.
District Anantnag, which went for polls first in the three-phased schedule Tuesday, recorded 13.63 voter turnouts in six segments including Anantnag, Dooru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam.
Scores of the voters said that many gave up their plans to cast vote after authorities announced clubbing of the polling booths in the constituency.
In Lisser Chawalgam village of Kokernag segment, at least three polling stations catering to different locations were accommodated in a local higher secondary school.
It included polling station of Shalnaad village as well, which is at least three kilometers away from the station.
Those who casted their votes claimed that they had to enter secretly into the booth as the area had witnessed stone pelting.
“More people could have come to vote if the locations of the polling booths were not changed at the last moment. Many women didn’t cast their votes as they too had to travel kilometres to reach to the polling station,” said a voter, who had come from Shalnaad to cast his vote at higher secondary school Lisser.
Similarly polling booths in rural areas of Anantnag, Pahalgam too were clubbed, which reportedly affected the voting percentage of these areas.
“South Kashmir usually witnesses low voting percentage. The change in the location of polling booths has further the participation,” said a polling officer.
National Conference Candidate for Anantnag, Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi, told The Kashmir Monitor that the clubbing of the polling booth was the main reason behind the low voting percentage in many areas.
“The polling booths of Jeshnaad and Makawora have been accommodated in government buildings, which are five to eight kilometers away from these villages. It has made the entire voting exercise inconvenient for the people,” he said.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) earlier also said that clubbing of the polling stations for Parliament elections in Jammu and Kashmir will affect the participation of people in the elections.
Security bandobast not up to the mark: Mir
Srinagar, Apr 23: The Congress Candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency Ghulam Ahmad Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit.
Mir, in a statement, also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that “the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.”
“I express my gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag,” he said saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free.
Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag.
“The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir,” he said.
Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident-free elections.