Srinagar: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, has strongly condemned the re-arrest of resistance leader Asiya Andrabi and Fahmeeda Sofi and their lodging, again at District Jail Amphalla, Jammu, despite the quashing of detention orders by the High Court on Wednesday.
The court had directed immediate release of the two.
In a statement issued here, the Bar Association said that Asiya and Fahmeeda were detained under PSA and lodged at Amphalla Jail, Jammu, despite the fact that the detaining authority had directed their lodgment, firstly at District Jail Baramulla, “which was got subsequently changed and they were directed to be lodged at District Jail Amphalla, Jammu”.
The two women leaders, the statement said, deserved to be released forthwith, keeping in view their falling health and multiple ailments, “which had even prompted the presiding officers of the courts, where the cases of the two detenues were pending, to refer them to SMHS Hospital Srinagar and Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar for treatment”.
“The police however in an act of sheer victimization, dragged out the two lady detenues from the hospital and forcibly took them to Jammu, during night and dumped them again in District Jail Amphalla, Jammu, without caring for the state of their health and the ailments they are suffering of, for which the court had directed their admission in the hospitals at Srinagar,” the statement said.
The Bar said the manner in which the two ladies were “dragged out” of hospitals and forcibly taken to Jammu, “is a clear-cut proof of the fact that there is no rule of law in Kashmir and police at all levels is engaged in subversion of law, which is bound to effect the prestige and majesty of the Courts and also lower down its prestige and image in the estimation of general public.”
The Bar said that the incident was is a fit case for so-motu cognizance by the Court.
The Bar Association also expressed its dismay over the continued detention of hundreds of youth of Kashmir, including Tahir Hussain Mir, a 24-year-old Journalism student, hailing from Bandipora, who was also arrested last year and subsequently detained under PSA and whose detention order was quashed by a Division Bench of the High Court on 24.08.2017 and “he was ordered to be released forthwith, but he continues to be in detention, even at present in derogation of the orders of the Court”.