Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association Srinagar has condemned the beating of Kashmiri prisoners including UJC chief Syed Salahudin’s son Shahid Yousuf in Tihar Jail.
A statement issued by the bar said that the prisoners were beaten by jail staff ruthlessly without any rhyme or reason “as confirmed by a committee of High Court Judicial Officer constituted by Delhi High Court”.
“The committee has reported that the prisoners were beaten up with such severity, which has inculcated a sense of constant fear about their safety in the jail, as they feel that the jail authorities may kill them on one or the other pretext, without anyone taking notice of the same,” the statement said while appreciating the concern shown by the Division Bench of Delhi High Court for describing the matter “very serious” requiring a “serious probe”
The Bar, however, requested international human rights organizations including International Red Cross, to visit Tihar Jail and see for themselves as to how the jail authorities were ill-treating Kashmiri prisoners.
“Besides asking them to sleep on the floor, they are also not provided with any medical assistance, which is a flagrant violation of the jail rules and regulations,” the statement said.
The Bar also condemned the failure of the state government to provide free medical treatment to Zahid Manzoor, who was targeted from a short range by the government forces and sprayed with pellets when he was returning home from his examination centre.
“The P/S Safakadal has no doubt registered an FIR in the matter, but no one has been arrested so far, for committing the gruesome act, leaving the injured Zahid Manzoor who has been operated upon in SMHS Hospital Srinagar and is battling for his life, in a state of shock,” the statement said.
The bar also condemned the firing of pellets on civilians at Hajin, who were protesting against the continued Cordon and Search Operation in the area, due to which two women sustained pellet injuries.