2300 prisoners lodged in jails: Govt

Sohail Punjabi

Jammu: Government Friday said that 2300 prisoners including 343 convicts, 37 under PSA and 1920 undertrials are lodged in jails in the state.
While replying to a question by Ali Mohammad Dar, on behalf of the Chief Minister in the Legislative Council, the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri said that 2300 prisoners are lodged in the jails of J&K including 343 convicts, 37 under Public Safety Act (PSA) and 1920 undertrials.
Out of 37 PSA detenus, 17 are locals and 20 are foreigners, he said.
Veeri further said that no Indian prisoner who has completed his term of sentence is lodged in jails of the state.
Two members-Muzaffar Parray and Showkat Ganie raised supplementaries.
Meanwhile, the government said there are 25632 VDC members operating in Jammu division, Leh and Kargil.
Special Police Officers deployed with the VDCs are paid an honorarium of Rs. 3000 per month. The VDCs are trained by the police and the training is monitored by SDPOs and police stations concerned.
Minister for Hajj and Auqaf, Abdul Rehman Veeri while replying to a question in the Council said militancy in Jammu region has declined considerably during the past many years.