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7/11 verdict: Convicts to be sent to separate jails

A prison official said the bifurcation of the convicts will firstly be done on the basis of their individual sentences.

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The 12 convicts in the 2006 serial train blasts, who were lodged together in the ‘anda cell’ of the Arthur Road prison, will now be sent off to separate prisons across the state in batches.

The Arthur Road jail is meant for undertrials, who are shifted to prisons for convicts once the quantum of sentence is pronounced by the court.

A prison official said the bifurcation of the convicts will firstly be done on the basis of their individual sentences.

The five convicts — Kamal Ansari, Mohammad Faisal Shaikh, Ehtesham Siddiqui, Naveed Khan and Asif Khan — who were awarded capital punishment will be sent to a separate prison and kept in the barracks with other convicts on death row.

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The other seven convicts, who have been awarded life sentences, will be sent to other prisons that do not need to have a barrack for those who have been awarded the death penalty.

Inspector General (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh said the convicts would be shifted in a day or two from the Arthur Road prison once the court formalities were over. “We are in the process of deciding which convicts are to be shifted to which prisons,” Singh told The Indian Express.

Another official said the convicts awarded death penalty were likely to be sent to the Nagpur central prison, where Yakub Memon was recently hanged. The 2003 Gateway of India blast convicts Haneed Sayyed, his wife Fahmeeda and Ashrat Ansari, whose death sentence was confirmed by the Bombay High Court in 2012, are currently lodged at the Nagpur prison.

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The prison has at least 15 persons who are on death row. The other seven prisoners serving life sentences are expected to be sent to either Yerawada Central Prison at Pune or the Nashik Central Prison. A prison official said keeping in mind security, the convicts might further be divided into batches of three and sent off to separate prisons.

mohamed.thaver@expressindia.com

First published on: 02-10-2015 at 12:35:29 am
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