Srinagar: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) on Monday condemned the arrest and detention of hundreds of youth, who in the wake of recently held Parliamentary elections, have been “illegally” picked up and “unlawfully” incarcerated, and impressed upon the authorities to release these youngsters forthwith.
In a statement here, the HCBA also condemned the shifting and lodging of Muzaffar Ahmad Dar from Central Jail Srinagar to Tihar Jail New Delhi and his booking in a “fabricated” case registered in 2011 by NIA the.
“Dar had been informed by the state police authorities in June 2013, in response to his application filed under RTI, that there are only three cases viz FIR No. 3/99 and 17/2002 of Police Station Tangmarg and Kunzer respectively and FIR No. 78/2003 of Police Station Magam pending against him in different courts.
“However, he has been now shifted to Delhi and booked in a case by NIA authorities in which two other accused belonging to Kashmir have been false implicated in 2012,” the statement said.
“The Bar Association feels that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails, both inside and outside the state are treated ruthlessly by the intelligence and other agencies and in order to make their release impossible, they are selectively booked in false and fabricated cases at random without any check or accountability,” it said.
The HCBA also condemned the protracted incarceration of Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Masrat Alam Bhat, who was arrested in 2010 and since then is languishing in jails though his detention orders have been quashed by the High Court and Supreme Court of India and he has been granted bail by the courts in almost all the cases registered against him.
“The arrest and re-arrest of Masrat Alam Bhat being a brazen violation of his legal and fundamental rights, therefore, his detention is highly reprehensible,” the statement said.
“The Bar Association feels that the arbitrary arrest and detention, of both old and young Kashmiris, is being used by the police and other authorities as a weapon of war, to break their will and to force them to give up their legitimate struggle for achieving their right of self-determination.
The Bar is of the considered opinion that these tactics have neither succeeded in the past nor will succeed in future and that it is in the interest of India and its people to understand the truth and the ground reality and allow the people of Kashmir to exercise their right of self-determination so as to save the subcontinent of the holocaust of destruction and devastation which is hovering over it for the last more than 60 years due to the non-implementation of UN Resolutions on Kashmir,” the statement added.