Pak not accepting 47 prisoners: Minister

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Jalandhar, Sep 25 (UNI) As many as 47 Pakistani prisoners, who have completed their sentence could not be released as Pakistan authorites have refused to take them back.

This was stated by Punjab Jails, Tourism and Cultural Minister Hira Singh Gabria while speaking to media persons here today.

He informed that 47 Pak prisoners lodged in different jails in the state had served between 10 to 20 years in jails.

Mr Gabria said that the state government had many a time written to the Centre about completion of their sentences but the Union goverment told them that they were in touch with the Pakistan authorities in this regard.

However, he said nothing had been done for their release so far as Pakistan authorities were not showing any interest in taking them back.

To decongest the overcrowded state jails, he said two new jails are near completion at Ropar and Nabha and each would be able to accomodate nearly 1500 to 2000 prisoners.

The government had also decided to set up two model jails at Kapurthala and Faridkot with a capacity of 2500 to 3000 prisoners each, he said adding that factories, computer training centres, hoisery units and cycle parts manufacturing units would be set up in these jails.

He said that all the jails would be provided with hospital facilities and efforts were on to appoint permanent doctors in jail hospitals.

UNI

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