Naveed Escape Fallout: Now, militant prisoners to be treated at police hospital

“They (militant prisoners) shall be shifted to any other state hospital only if referred by the police hospital Srinagar,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with Greater Kashmir.

Abid Bashir
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 12:09AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 12:09AM
Naveed Escape Fallout: Now, militant prisoners to be treated at police hospitalFile Photo

Jammu and Kashmir police have decided to shift the militants lodged at Central Jail here to police hospital Srinagar for treatment. The police hospital has been authorized to take a call as to whether the militant prisoner should be referred to any of the government hospitals for advanced treatment.

The move comes close on the heels of “dramatic” escape of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant commander Naveed Jhat alias Abu Hanzullah from police custody at SMHS hospital here on February 6. Naveed fled after killing two policemen.

Director general of police J&K, S P Vaid has issued an order dated 8-2-2018 vide no. 697 reading, “it is ordered that henceforth all the militants lodged at Central Jail Srinagar shall be brought to the police hospital Srinagar for medical examination treatment. 

“They (militant prisoners) shall be shifted to any other state hospital only if referred by the police hospital Srinagar,” reads the order, a copy of which lies with Greater Kashmir.

A source in the police said that if any militant, local for foreigner, lodged at Central Jail Srinagar, is advised a medical check-up and is supposed to come out of the jail, “adequate security cover will be ensured to prevent his escape. 

“During the transit (travel), more security will be ensured while he is taken to police hospital from central jail and back. Same security plan will be applicable for the militants and other prisoners facing trial,” he said.

He said once a prisoner is out of the central jail for trial or a treatment, he becomes the “responsibility of the State police.” 

“In Naveed’s case, same procedure was followed. He was accompanied by the policemen from district police lines,” he said.

The fresh directive comes after police took a serious note of Naveed’s escape and the killing of two policemen inside SMHS hospital. 

The Government of India also took a serious note of the escape while as police in Kashmir asserted that the “plan to set Naveed free was hatched four months ago jointly by the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.”

The former Kashmir police chief Muneer Khan had also stated that Naveed had “full potential to rejuvenate the leaderless Lashkar and lead the outfit as well.”

Naveed’s escape triggered a prompt action by the government placing director general of Prisons department S K Mishra and SSP Central Jail Hilal Ahmed under suspension.

On February 6, Naveed along with five other prisoners was brought to SMHS hospital Srinagar. According to police, he was handed over a pistol by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant at the hospital corridor and “both opened fire” on the policemen—head constable Mushtaq Ahmed and constable Babar Ahmed, who later succumbed to their injuries.

Police have already arrested four persons—two militants and two over ground workers, who were allegedly involved in Naveed’s ‘escape plot’ while as search is on for Hilal and Naveed. 

Days after he fled,  Naveed’s photographs with Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Riyaz Naikoo and Saddam Paddar went viral on the social networking sites. Naveed’s case is also being probed by the National Investigation Agency.

 

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