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Yasin Malik kept in high security Tihar jail cell after sentencing

A day after a Delhi court awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik in a militant funding case, Tihar prison authorities in Delhi on Thursday said the resistance leader has been kept in a separate cell under heavy security.

“For security reasons, Mailk may not be assigned any work in the jail. He has been kept in a separate cell in jail number seven under heavy security. His security will be regularly monitored and reviewed from time to time,” a senior jail official said.

Malik will also not be entitled to any parole or furlough since he is a convict in a case of militant funding, jail officials said.

Even before being awarded life imprisonment, Malik was kept in a separate cell where he stayed alone in jail number seven, they said.

A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Malik in a militant funding case, saying the crimes committed by him struck at the “heart of the idea of India” and were intended to forcefully secede Jammu & Kashmir from the Union of India.

Special Judge Praveen Singh awarded varying jail terms to Malik for offenses under the stringent anti-terror law–Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the IPC, rejecting the NIA’s plea for capital punishment.

According to the Supreme Court, life imprisonment means incarceration till the last breath, unless the sentence is commuted by the authorities.

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