AR personnel convicted for life, now languishing in Sajiwa, seeks transfer to Jammu Jail

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Imphal, August 25: An ex-rifleman of the Assam Rifles convicted for life at the Sajiwa Central Jail has sought for a transfer to a jail at his native Jammu and Kashmir.

A source said that the State Home department has sent a letter to the Inspector General of Prisons (Jammu Central), government of Jammu and Kashmir, recently to furnish comments or approval to the State government regarding the proposed transfer to the Jammu Central Jail at the earliest.

The statement reads that the State government has no objection to the transfer of ex-rifleman (barber) no. I-912222P of 44 Assam Rifles, a life convict, as per the provision under the transfer of Prisoner Act, 1950.

The life convict identified as Shashi Kumar of Chanhala village from Jammu Teshil pleaded for transfer from Sajiwa Central Jail to the Jammu Central Jail to be able to meet his family members, on March 22, 2010.

The source said Shashi Kumar was convicted on April 4, 2006 under Section 302 IPC & 27 Arms Act of A.A. Section – 164(2) read with paras 107 and 108 by the General Court Martial in the Headquarters of 27th Sector Assam Rifle c/o 99 APO and sentenced to be hanged till death.

Shashi Kumar didn’t file any petitions to the Central government or Superior Military Authority and in any High Courts against the conviction because his family members could not come and meet him in the Sajiwa Central Jail, it said.

Moreover, he had problems adjusting with the inmates due to the language barrier, the source added.

The source said if Shashi Kumar is transferred to his home State; thereafter, he can meet his family members and be able to file a petition to the High Court or any authority against his conviction.

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