Srinagar, Oct 25: In Indian-administrated Kashmir, an inquiry conducted by the Prisons Department of the territory into the killing of a Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah Ranjay, at Jammu’s Kot Bhalwal jail has exposed some horrific details about the inhuman treatment meted out to detainees in the jail.
The inquiry conducted by Superintendent District Jail Jammu, Dinesh Sharma, reveals that detainees are being subjected to forced labour in the jail in clear violation of laws. “Forced labour was being taken from detenues, under-trials and sick prisoners against the provisions of the law,” the report reads.It maintains that as per the Jail Manual under-trials cannot be engaged in working except cleaning their own barracks and own upkeep. It points towards deep-rooted corruption in the Jail, saying that malpractices have been in vogue inside the prison as is evident from the statements of staff and inmates.
Referring to the attack on Sanaullah Ranjay, the report reads, “There is a general perception that any incident inside a jail cannot take place without the connivance and conspiracy of Jail officials. But in fact it is an act done by a prisoner Vinod Kumar in retaliation to murderous attack of an Indian prisoner in Pakistan on April 26, 2013. It is proved that there has been no scuffle and it was one-sided assault on the Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah from Vinod Kumar by pickaxe on the fateful day of May 3.”
Earlier, the inquiry conducted by Principal Secretary Home, Suresh Kumar, into the killing had indicted the then Jail Superintendent, Rajni Sehgal and eight other staffers including Assistant Superintendent, Om Prakash Sharma, for negligence and carelessness.
Sanaullah was attacked on May 3 this year inside the jail by Vinod, a former Indian trooper convicted of murder. Six days later, Sanaullah succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Chandigarh.