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Q. Two major jailbreaks: Comment on two incidents of major jailbreaks in country happened in a space of two weeks.
Dec 01, 2016 Related to : GS Paper- 2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently in a span of few weeks gap India has witnessed two incidents of jailbreaks were high profile prisoners jailed on terrorism charges. One happened recently in Punjab, where six prisoners escaped, including the self-styled commander of a Khalistani militant group. Another incident was the jailbreak by members of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) from the Bhopal Central Prison few weeks ago.

Analysis-

  • The Bhopal jail break was planned inside and executed largely by the prisoners on their own. Punjab incident was aided by a group of armed men from outside wearing police uniforms.
  • Shortly after the Bhopal jailbreak, all those who had escaped were gunned down in an alleged encounter. And a day after the Punjab incident, many alleged masterminds were arrested. 
  • But still these incidents are wake up call for our security establishment. These incidents made it evident that the so-called high security prisons are hardly fool-proof. 
  • It has become clear that, those incarcerated these plans have enough scope to hatch a conspiracy, keep in touch with accomplices outside and finalise escape plans in meticulous detail.

Conclusion-

Recent two major jailbreaks have raised various questions on security establishment of jails in India. There is an urgent need to unravel the entire plot and establish any laxity or connivance on the part of the authorities. It is already clear that there are too many shortcomings in the security arrangements in our jails. Hence it is better to introduce a new security regime that will plug all loopholes ought to be a national priority.    

 


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