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Security for Pak prisoners stepped up in Punjab prisons

Security was beefed up in Ambala Central Jail and Burail Jail Thursday after Sarabjit Singh’s death in a jail in Pakistan.

Security was beefed up in Ambala Central Jail and Burail Jail Thursday after Sarabjit Singh’s death in a jail in Pakistan. Both jails have Pakistani prisoners.

Ambala Central Jail authorities stepped up security of two prisoners,Salim and Akhtar,as they apprehended that other prisoners may want to avenge Sarabjit’s death. Both were arrested for espionage under the Official Secret Act.

The duo had entered India by crossing the border illegally without any passport. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court. While Salim was imprisoned in 2002 ,Akhtar was awarded the sentence in 2003. Both have been kept separate from other prisoners and security outside their barracks has been increased.

Jail superintendent Ratan Singh said the security had been increased to avoid any untoward incident or attack by the prisoners,clearly agitated over the death of Sarabjit.

Kashif Ali,24,a Pakistan-trained spy lodged in Burail Jail,Chandigarh,has also been put under strict monitoring. He was arrested by the crime branch of Chandigarh police on July 10,2010 from Sector 44. Ali lived in a rented accommodation and went around the city as Pawan Kumar,a resident of Pitampura,Delhi ,who worked as a hiring agent dealing with property.

Chandigarh police got specific information in July 2010 that Ali had been living in Sector 44 for the last two-and-a-half years and was passing information about India ‘s national security to his handlers in Pakistan.

Ali was a resident of Zulfiqar Colony in Faislabad,Pakistan,and had been monitoring Indian defence installations. The police had also recovered certain documents relating to the Indian Army and a digital camera from him.

On May 12,2011,charges were framed against Ali. The court is,at present,examining the witnesses in the case. The hearing Thursday was deferred by the court as the police could not produce Ali in court,citing security reasons.

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Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Alok Kumar,who is also IG Prisons said,“Kashif Ali’s security in the jail was increased soon after Sarabjit’s death. He has been moved to a secure barrack and is being monitored”.