IFJHR demands probe into prisoner’s death

Srinagar: Terming the death of a prisoner at the Central Jail Srinagar as ‘unfortunate and suspicious’ , the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights–JK (IFJHR-JK) on Sunday urged State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to investigate the matter.
“It is the responsibility of jail authorities to keep a close check on each and every concern of the prisoners, their health and other activities. The mysterious death depicts the sheer lapse on part of authorities which has raised many questions on their conduct,” a statement by IFJHR said.
The forum also demanded that the jail authorities must maintain proper medical records of every inmate and must inform higher authorities time to time regarding their health status.
The forum also demanded an independent probe by SHRC into the ‘mysterious’ death by ordering the IGP level probe. It also urged judiciary to take serious notice of the matter.
“This is the third death so far in the Srinagar Central Jail. There have been complaints regarding the ill treatment of jail authorities with the prisoners which has raised numerous questions that the authorities are answerable to,” chairman IFJHR, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo said.
He said that SHRC instead of taking suo motto cognizance should directly order enquiry into the death, so that culprits should be brought to justice.
He also urged judiciary to interfere and hold the jail authorities accountable to their work and conduct whether they are following the jail manuals and procedures in letter and spirit.