Srinagar: The Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday expressed deep concern over the “miserable condition” of Kashmiris lodged in Tihar jail and urged international human rights groups to take serious note of it.
In a statement, the Hurriyat (G) said, “The woeful tale of miseries and tortures of Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar jail is a serious concern for us as jail authorities unnecessarily harass and thrash detainees on one pretext or the other.”
“Kashmiri prisoners in the prison are being harassed by authorities and in a recent incident, Shahid Yousuf, son of Syed Salahuddin, was thrashed to pulp injuring his head and one arm,” the Hurriyat (G) statement said, adding, “Jail inmates face life threat from criminals as they have been lodged in barracks specified for criminals.”
Issuing a warning to the state government, the Hurriyat (G) said, “If anything untoward happens to prisoners in Tihar jail, the local puppet rulers shall have to face consequences.”
The Hurriyat (G) urged International Red Cross and Amnesty International to “take note of the pathetic condition of political detainees and impress upon India to shun its callous attitude towards detainees… (besides) use influence for immediate release of all detainees.”