Senior leader of CPI (M) M Y Tarigami on Wednesday urged the Governor's Administration to look into the glaring situation of overcrowding of prisoners at district jail Mattan in Anantnag district forthwith.
In a statement here Tarigami said that "there are reportedly around 200 inmates in the said jail while the intake capacity is just 65. The overcrowding of prisons in Jammu and Kashmir is a long-standing problem that has seldom been addressed effectively. The inmates at district Jail Anantnag are without basic amenities and biggest problem for them is the lack of medical facilities.
There are complaints of overcrowding, delay in trial, neglect of health and other issues in the jail. There is no doctor who can attend these prisoners. There may be no post of a doctor in the jail, but on interim basis a doctor from district hospital Anantnag can be deputed, who can regularly attend the prisoners."
"Also, relatives ofnumber of these detainees have time-and-again approached me for their releaseand have also given assurances that they will live a peaceful life if they arereleased. It would be appropriate if the cases of these prisoners are reviewedand those who are not involved in heinous crimes are released," Tarigami added.
"There is Supreme Court direction that the under trial review committee should specifically look into aspects pertaining to effective implementation of Section 436 CrPC and Section 436-A CrPC so that under trial prisoners are released at the earliest and those who cannot furnish bail bonds due to their poverty are not subjected to incarceration only for that reason.
A letter in this regard has already been submitted to the Governor's Advisor Vijay Kumar on 10 March, 2019," he said.