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Yasin Malik to be in solitary cell but without work despite RI

Tihar's Jail No. 7, which will house terrorist-turned-separatist Yasin Malik, has housed high-profile convicts including politicians and businessmen

Kashmiri terrorist-turned-separatist Yasin Malik will spend the rest of his life, all alone without a cell companion, at Jail No. 7 of the Tihar prison but will not be given any work as is the general practice with prisoners — despite the court having ordered his rigorous imprisonment (RI).

A special court in Delhi had sentenced Yasin Malik, 56, to life imprisonment on 25 May.

During the previous hearing, the self-proclaimed Gandhian separatist had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him. He had said, in all probability, he would not challenge his sentence in higher courts as he had pleaded guilty. Therefore, there is little chance that his punishment for terror funding will change. However, there are allegations of mass murders against him too.

The Indian National Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government used to have a friendly equation with the former terrorist.

In Tihar, Yasin Malik will not be allowed to mingle with the nearly 13,000 prisoners. “He is already in Jail No.7 and will continue there presently. He is alone in his cell,” General (Prisons) Sandeep Goyal said.

Tihar’s Jail Number 7 has been in the limelight for long for housing several high-profile prisoners, including former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, former Union Minister A Raja, Sahara head Subrata Roy and Michel among several others.

But is also infamous for the guards’ corruption. On 12 October, as many as 32 Tihar Jail officials were found complicit in the crime of letting former Unitech promoters Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra conduct business from inside the jail. All these 32 jail officials were posted in Tihar’s Jail No. 7.

The court in its sentencing had awarded two life sentences and five punishments of 10 years of RI each to Yasin Malik, which are to run concurrently.

But ensuring Yasin Malik undergoes RI is difficult for the prison authority despite court orders, “due to security reasons”, a top prison official said, adding that the work is assigned subject to security concerns and the decision is taken as per the rules of the jail.

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