Judicial remand extended till August 31
Srinagar: Senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah was on Wednesday abused by inmates in Patiala Court police lockup, the spokesperson of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) said.
Shah had to appear in the court of Justice Siddharth Sharma today. The DFP spokesperson said that “Shah was brought from Tihar jail Wednesday morning and was lodged in Patiala Court lockup where other prisoners who were also to be produced before the court, conspired to attack him.”
“They started showering abuses on him and in the meantime two of the prisoners told Shah to immediately manage his way out of the lockup as the boys were planning to attack him. As Shah shouted for help, a policeman passing by came to his rescue and in the meantime other police officers came and shifted Shah to a separate lockup room in the court,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the “statement on abuses and plan to attack him” was given by Shabir Ahmad Shah in the court room and was “endorsed” by the police personnel accompanying him. “This clearly shows that a conspiracy is being hatched by the government to kill Shabir Ahmad Shah,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that an application had been already been forwarded to the DG and the IG Prisons and other superintendents of Tihar Jail to shift Shabir Ahmad Shah to a high-security zone, keeping in view the “threat to his life” in Tihar. But “nothing has been done and the application still remains unanswered,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the court extended the judicial remand of Shah till August 31.
Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the attack on Shah in the Patiala court lockup and urged the international community to take cognisance of this serious matter and ensure safety of those arrested by the NIA.
A Sikh activist from Amritsar, Punjab, Papalpreet Singh, said the attack on Shah was “part of a government conspiracy”.