SRINAGAR: Detained human rights activist Khurram Parvez was not produced before the executive magistrate, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), of which he is the programme coordinator, said.
“Khurram reiterated that he was never produced in person before the executive magistrate (south Srinagar), and, in fact, was kept in the police vehicle while the investigating officer left and returned with some papers,” Parvez Imroz, JKCCS president, said in a statement issued here on Monday.
“He (investigating officer) did not intimate Khurram about the proceedings, despite his repeated request that he should have a lawyer. Further he was denied a copy of the order despite his repeated request.” The JKCCS president said the family and the lawyers from Srinagar and Kupwara met Khurram at Sub-Jail Kupwara, where he has been under “illegal detention” for the last two days. Khurram, he said, was in good spirits and has no serious health issues.
He was being helped to a “great extent” by other inmates, he said. “Khurram apprised the legal counsel of the circumstances of his medical examination in Police Control Room Srinagar before his transportation to Kupwara.
“He said that his specific request about his special needs due to his disability was ignored. Though the medical officer records his disability, no appropriate measures were taken to accommodate his special needs and the Sub-jail Kupwara has no facility for persons with disability,” Parvez said.
Khurram also expressed concern about other prisoners, said the JKCCS president. The jail was overcrowded due to the state’s continuing violent crackdown on the civilian population, with, by some estimates, more than 5,000 cases of breach of ‘public disorder’ registered in the last 70 days, he said.
He said the jail currently has about 105 prisoners against its capacity for only 50-60.
“According to Khurram, a considerable number of detainees are political prisoners and protesters, including minors,” Parvez said. “Khurram’s detention draws attention to the context of widespread and systematic state repression of all forms of dissent in Kashmir and widespread use of arbitrary arrests and detentions of civilians in Kashmir.”
The lawyers, according to Parvez, served a copy of the order from the executive magistrate, Srinagar, reducing the remand from 10 days to five to the jail superintendent, and “he acknowledged the receipt”. The criminal revision petition was listed for hearing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Khurram has expressed thanks for the “overwhelming concern and solidarity” shown by the global community and Kashmiri people for his release.