J&K Police first to introduce GPS trackers for undertrials

SRINAGAR | Updated: 05 November, 2023 1:52 pm IST
Bhat has been booked under various provisions under the UAPA

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police department introduced a GPS tracker anklet to monitor activities of out-on-bail terror accused Ghulam Mohammed Bhat on Sunday, making it the first police department in India to introduce trackers for accused persons.

A Special National Investigation Agency court in Jammu had passed an order directing the police to affix the anklet on Bhat on October 20. The accused had been booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in 2007, for which he has been granted interim bail.

A senior police official of the State Investigation Agency (SIA) Jammu told The New Indian, “The GPS tracker anklet is a wearable device affixed around the ankle of the person to be monitored and tracks the movement of the person.” He added that tracker anklets are already in use in countries like US, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to track the movement of accused persons who are out on bail, parole and under house arrest.

Bhat is now under trial for being associated with numerous terror organisations by financing them under the banner of the Hizbul Mujahideen. He had been arrested in the UAPA case while attempting to transport terror proceeds to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakhs.

The terror accused had applied for interim bail in the 2007 case, owing to which the Jammu NIA court had directed police officials to closely monitor him owing to the stringent conditions for bail under the UAPA.

Earlier, Bhat had also been served 12 years in jail owing to a judgment passed by the Patiala House NIA Court in Delhi, for being associated with a terror organisation and conspiring with terrorists.

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