Srinagar, October 23: Amid a spike in terror attacks and selective killings, the twenty-six hardcore terror associates lodged in different prisons across Jammu and Kashmir jails under Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 were transferred to Agra Central Jail.
The decision of the shifting was taken amid Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Valley. They were taken by the special IAF flight Airforce IL 76 plane. The detainees have been moved from six district jails, including the Central jail in Srinagar and Jammu-Kotbalwal, and district jails of Baramulla, Rajouri, Poonch, and Kupwara. All 26 detainees are believed to be hardcore elements involved in terror violence in Kashmir.
The order that was issued by the principal secretary home Shaleen Kabra was also marked to UP’s additional chief secretary, home, DGP prisons, and the superintendent of the Agra Central Jail.
“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 10 (b) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the Government hereby directs to remove/shift the below-mentioned detainees who have been detained under the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, from their present place of lodgment to Central Jail, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, with immediate effect,” the order issued by principal secretary to government Shaleen Kabra reads.
The majority of those being shifted has been arrested in the last two months. After a series of civilian killings in targeted attacks in Kashmir, police had detained over 500 people who were either overground workers or had been associated with Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the past.
It should be noted that this is not the first time earlier, in August 2019 as many as 70 terrorists were shifted to Agra Jail before the Article 370 and Article 35A were revoked.