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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

No shifting of jailed gangsters


No shifting of jailed gangsters

Chandigarh, September 9

Punjab’s ambitious programme of shifting gangsters to jails in other states has been scrapped. The state aimed at transfering the gangsters, both convicts and undertrials, to prisons in other states as they were regrouping in jails here and carrying on new recruitment.

The police and Jail Department studied cases of 187 gangsters, who were shortlisted for the purpose of shifting. However, it was found that all of them had multiple cases registered against them.

Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who had announced the programme two months ago, said it was impractical to transfer the gangsters as they had many cases against them. “It was found that logistics to organise so many videoconferences or transport them to Punjab for hearings of their cases won’t be practical,” he said.

Of the nearly 500 gangsters lodged in Punjab jails, 187 have been listed as trouble-makers. In the past, many gangsters have used mobile phones, controlled drug smuggling and even ran extortion rackets from inside the jails. Randhawa said the department was working out to find some other solution to the problem. — TNS

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