54 foreigners among 4900 lodged in J&K jails

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54 foreigners among 4900 lodged in J&K jails

Srinagar, Feb 19: Around 54 foreigners are among more than 4900 persons lodged in different jails of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory, official data reveals.

The available data suggests that as of December 31, 2021, 54 foreign nationals were lodged in different jails of UT.

Among the foreign prisoners, 10 are convicts, 39 undertrials, four detenues and one in another category.

According to the data available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), 4970 persons were lodged in different jails of J&K as of December 31, 2021. Of them, 4916 were Indian nationals and the remaining 54 were foreign nationals.

Among the Indian nationals, 176 were convicts, 4492 under trials and 248 detenues.

Detenues are those who are lodged in jails under the Public Safety Act- a law that empowers the government to detain a person for a period ranging from three months to two years on apprehensions of being a threat to law & and order and security of the State.

At present, J-K has 13 functional jails which include two central jails, nine district jails, one special jail and one sub-jail. The UT had two sub-jails but one of them was de-notified and declared as a holding centre for lodging Rohingya refugees.

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