Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

Army takes control of Peshawar Central Jail

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PESHAWAR: More than 200 security personnel were deployed in and around Peshawar Central Jail in addition to the army personnel postings to guard the jail which according to security sources, was on account of routine rehearsal arranged to cope with an emergency situation.

According to a private TV channel Intelligence sources also said that due to potential threat of militants planning to attack Central Jail Peshawar and free some high profile prisoners, security personnel sealed the jail and also cancelled routine meetings of the visitors with the prisoners adding that under-trial prisoners scheduled for court hearings were also not allowed to leave as the gates of the jail were completely sealed.

The Central Jail authorities confirmed that the daily routine visits of the civilian were cancelled whereas daily shipment of supplies to the jail including food items were halted, adding that “more army personnel have come in and taken over the charge of affairs completely.”

Security sources on the other hand say that to check and improve the response, a joint rehearsal of the prisons administration, police and army was conducted last night.

The security personnel still remained deployed in and around the jail time whereas the gates of the Central Prison remained closed till afternoon.

High profile prisoners like alleged US spy Dr Shakeel Afridi, TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad and a number of Taliban prisoners are being kept in Peshawar Jail.

Army personnel remain deployed inside the jail while in normal routine and roads leading to the Jail and High Court were also sealed to avert any potential threat.