Jailed jihadis: IB steps up the heat
New Delhi, July 13: The Intelligence Bureau has launched a massive operation to ensure that terror does not breed in the Indian jails.
Over the past couple of years it has been noticed that terror suspects lodged in jail have easy access to each other and this has resulted in planning and plotting thus making them more dangerous.
Take the case of the Charlie Hebdo attacker or Abu Bakr al-Bhagdadi, the ISIS chief. These were persons who were lodged in jails before being released only to turn out to be more dangerous. India too has had its share of problems where planning has taken place in jails.
Monitoring terror in jails:
The Khandwa jail break issue which was reported from Madhya Pradesh was a classic example of how under trial prisoners plotted an escape only to become a major headache for security agencies. Five persons who were associated with the SIMI had managed to slip out of the Khandwa jail.
What followed was a series of terror strikes which included the Chennai train blasts, robberies at Telangana and also the Church Street Blasts in Bengaluru. They were arrested for plotting attacks, but after they escape they actually carried out a series of strikes.
The Intelligence Bureau has instructed jail authorities to ensure that terror suspects are not allowed to mingle with each other. There have been reports from various parts of the country which suggest that jails have become planning centres for terrorist groups.
Officials tell OneIndia that there is a disturbing trend in the jails that house terror suspects. It has become a meeting spot for them and there are instances to show that terror suspects greet each other like brothers. Since they are undertrials there are no restrictions on their movements in jail either, the officer also pointed out.
India's share of jail related problems:
India has had problems of terror suspects turning more dangerous after they go to jail. First and foremost terror suspects sit together and discuss strategy. Moreover when their relatives meet with them, there is a good chance that they may pass on the plan through them.
In addition to this, some also have a vengeful mindset which often makes them much more dangerous after they are released. The case of Yasin Bhatkal is also another example. If the intercepts which were picked up from the Hyderabad jail are indeed true, then it suggests that he was plotting an escape with friends.
The Khandwa jail break is however one of the biggest embarrassments. Five members of the SIMI carried out three robberies and three blasts after they managed to escape from jail. There was also a similar incident report from a jail in Gujarat where Indian Mujahideen members were attempting to dig out a tunnel in order to make an escape bid.