20 prisoners escape from PoK jail, 1 killed in police firing

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There is news of 20 prisoners escaping from the Rawalakot jail in PoK. The prisoners also had a revolver. Regional Interior Ministry official Badar Munir said that it is not yet clear whether they seized the weapon from the jail officials or it was brought from outside.

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20 prisoners have escaped from the Rawalakot jail in PoK. One of them was killed in police firing. Regional Interior Ministry official Badar Munir says that the prisoners had a revolver. Using it, they took a sentry hostage and escaped.

Munir said it was not yet clear whether they seized the weapon from jail officials or it was brought from outside. The incident took place in Poonch district jail in Rawalkot town, about 110 km from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. A senior local police officer Riyaz Mughal said that the police have blocked the entry and exit gates of Rawalkot. The matter is under investigation.

When 400 prisoners did a jailbreak

Let us tell you, Pakistan's jails are notorious for overcrowding, poor conditions, corruption and human rights violations. The slow judicial process here forces prisoners to stay in jail for a long time. Terrorist groups have carried out several mass jailbreaks in Pakistan before. This includes an incident in the northwestern city of Bannu in 2012, in which 400 prisoners escaped. Over the past few years, many Indian prisoners have fallen victim to the chaos in Pakistani jails. Many prisoners have lost their lives due to the poor conditions.

There are so many prisoners in Pakistan's jail

Till last year 2023, a total of 308 Indian prisoners were lodged in Pakistan's jails. The Shahbaz government had given information about a total of 308 Indian prisoners including 42 civilians and 266 fishermen lodged in its jails. At the same time, the Government of India had handed over the list of Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. According to which, a total of 417 Pakistani prisoners are imprisoned in Indian jails. Of these, 343 are civilians while 74 are fishermen.