SRINAGAR: Tihar Jail authorities now monitor how visitors walk while meeting their incarcerated kin.
Nusrat Geelani, daughter of former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani who has been arrested on charges of sedition, said that while visiting her father she noticed “something strange”.
“I have been to the jail (Tihar) earlier also when father was a prisoner in connection with parliament attack. This time it seemed that we are being closely watched,” she said.
“After asking us to remove our shoes, we were made to walk around a pillar so that our walking pattern is recorded. The glass in the cells is double the previous thickness and headphones have been installed now,” she added.
Abdul Salam Bhat, a resident of Kupwara who had visited a relative of his in Tihar, said, “They listen to every word now. Not only that, I noticed a police jeep followed me till I boarded an auto rickshaw.”
A senior police official at the prison told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity that “WalkMapping was introduced a few months ago to check suspicious movements”.
“This pillar (walkmapper) raises alarm if it notices anything unusual in the walking pattern of visitors or prisoners,” he said.
“This is a routine activity in Tihar now. Two Kashmiris were hanged here so this might be the reason why Kashmiris find it surprising,” he added.
SAR Geelani was arrested for the second time for organising an event on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary in New Delhi, where he along with three other speakers allegedly shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru.
Delhi police taking a suo motu cognisance of the event registered a case against Geelani and other unnamed persons on February 12.
“An FIR has been registered against Geelani and other unnamed persons under Sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of IPC in connection with the event at the Press Club in which anti-India sloganeering took place,” DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal had told Kashmir Reader. (READ: SAR Geelani’s bail rejected; Kanhaiya moves high court)
On February 18, 2016, he was sent to judicial custody and has been lodged in the high security ward of the Jail number 1 of Tihar, where he was kept earlier after his arrest in connection with the 2001 Parliament attack case before his acquittal, Superintendent Tihar Jail Mukesh Prasad had said.