NEW DELHI: Indian security officials have found a novel way to its prison population. Under a new strategy, hardened Indian criminals showing no remorse will be disguised as Pakistani prisoners and be handed over to Pakistan under a prisoner exchange programme. A Pakistani passport printing press has been established in Amritsar to facilitate the process.
Prisoners will be baptised, circumcised and renamed to pass Pakistani custom agencies at the Wagah Border.
These prisoners will then be able to start new lives in Pakistan, giving them a lease of life, and also reducing the crime rate in India.
The Indian Supreme Court directed the government to immediately release 54 prisoners who are languishing in jails.
An apex court bench of Justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale said the “deportation” in respect of these prisoners should be completed within one month.
The court said its order holds good for five similarly placed prisoners, who will be sent to Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Iran.
Slamming the government for its failure to show concern and urgency to the prisoners’ right to personal liberty, the court said, “We should use the UN charter on human rights and the commitment we gave to ourselves to uphold liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution.”
A list of 365 Indian criminals was given by the Indian government to the apex court on November 28, 2011, from which 54 hardened criminals were selected. IANS