Jammu & Kashmir

Undertrial prisoner from Kathua dies while offering prayers in Kot Bhalwal jail

Kot Bhalwal Jail Jammu. [FIle Photo]

Jammu: An undertrail prisoner lodged in Kotbalwal jail in Jammu died on Friday while offering prayers as he suffered a sudden heart attack,

The prisoner was jailed for “ferrying weapons and explosives dropped via drones” along the International Border in Jammu frontier case.

The National Investigation Agency of India, which is probing the module involved in the May 29 explosive dropping case in Kathua, had arrested the accused earlier this month in the ferrying of weapons and explosives case, PTI reported.

“Undertrial Muni Mohmmad was offering ‘namaz’ along with the rest of the prisoners when he suddenly collapsed. He was shifted to a hospital where he was declared dead”, an officer told PTI, adding that he suffered a heart attack.

The 36-year-old Muni, who belonged to Rampura village of Kathua district, was slapped with charges 121 (Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war against the Government of India), 121a (conspiracy) /122 (collecting arms with intention of waging war against the Government of India) of IPC, Explosive Substance Act, 16 (recruits any person or persons for commission of a militant act), 18 (hatching conspiracy) and 20 (being member of the militant organization) of UAPA and sent to Kotbalwal jail on August 10, the report said.

The case was initially registered at the Rajbagh police station in Kathua on May 29 and was re-registered by the NIA on July 30.


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