‘Situation of prisoners in Kathua jail extremely horrible’
Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani expressed his deep grief over the killing of one more civilian Aqeel Ahmad and said that forces feel trigger happy and resorting to un-proportionate and unjustified force against peaceful civilians. It is highly condemnable, said Geelani while extending his condolences and sympathy with grieved family.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leaders and activists offered funeral prayers in absentia for youth slain during gunfight in Hakhripora Pulwama.
The statement said that the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders and its activists including Umar Adil Dar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Sufi, Hafiz Mudasir Nadvi, Ashfaq Ahmed Khan, Abdul Ahad Bath, Umar Rafiq and a huge number of participants participated in funeral prayers and while paying tributes to slain youth said that we are indebted for their supreme sacrifices for ongoing freedom struggle.
Hurriyat Conference (G) expressed deep concern over the ill plight of prisoners lodged in Kathua and said that as per reports pouring, situation in Kathua Jail are extremely horrible.
Statement revealed that detainees are stripped naked and subjected to extreme brutality and torture by jail staff even in presence of their family members and those visiting jail.
Strongly denouncing jail authorities for their callous and brutal behavior, Hurriyat said that virtually they have turned the jail like that of infamous Abu Ghareeb.
Hurriyat said after an interval of fifteen days the detainees can meet their families and hence most of the detainees don’t get a chance to see their families or relatives.
Visitors are ill-treated and humiliated by jail staff, said Hurriyat and added that hygienic conditions in jail and particularly in kitchen is poor and substandard food items are provided to prisoners.
Hurriyat (G) said that no proper treatment is provided to those lodged in jail and while referring to Abdullah Nasir, Nazir Ahmad Rather, Peer Tanveer (Pattan) Zahoor Ahmad Lone, Gh Rasool Parey, Farooq Ahmad Towhidee and scores of other detinues, said that they are suffering from different ailments.
Hurriyat Conference (G) said, “the policy of the government regarding the prisoners is extremely harsh and unfair which indicates the level of respect which the rulers have towards the human and moral values.
Hurriyat (G) disclosed that there is a single water cooler for two barks and water supply is denied after the barracks are locked.
The situations are extremely appalling, said Hurriyat and added that as a routine prisoner can move out just for one hour and consequently are facing extreme mental torture.
Hurriyat (G) while lashing at state authorities said that jail administration is subjecting prisoners to political vendetta and torture.
Those arrested during people’s uprising in 2016, were slapped PSA and are languishing in different jails. More than 100 among those arrested, were re-arrested, slapped PSA and shifted to outside state jails,” Hurriyat said
Hurriyat Conference (G) appealed ICRC & the human rights organizations to take serious notice of the miserable condition of the Kashmiri prisoners and use influence for their release. (KNS)