’75-year-old Abdul Rashid Wani from Handwara, who has been operated upon thrice, languishes at Central Jail’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Huriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani said on Sunday that “we have been receiving disturbing reports from jails and detention centres”, where detainees are “manhandled and provided sub-standard food”.
“Most of the detained (pro-freedom) activists are ailing and no proper treatment has been provided to them,” Geelani said in a statement and hailed their “determination and resolve”.
Geelani said the detainees include the elderly and minors, who have been booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) by the authorities “only to please their masters”.
He referred to the case of Abdul Rashid Wani, 75, of Chogal, Handwara, who is languishing at the Central Jail, Srinagar.
Geelani said that Wani has been operated upon thrice for various ailments and suffers from acute lumber pain and high blood pressure.
“The callous rulers did not set him free because of their greed for power and their apathetic attitude,” Geelani said.
During and after last year’s uprising as many as 8587 pro-freedom people have been arrested, government told the assembly on Saturday. More than 500 of these have been arrested under PSA, which allows authorities to detain a person without a trial for up to a year.
Geelani said the BJP-PDP coalition government has “surpassed all records and misused PSA against resistance camp.”
“They obey and follow dictation from their masters in Delhi,” he said.
“This draconian law has been declared dreaded, heartless and unlawful by international community but state administration is implementing BJP agenda by crushing and curbing genuine voices and basic rights of the population,” said the veteran leader who has been under house arrest for most part of the past four years.
He said political activists were being re-arrested even after courts quash PSA detention orders, “rendering hoax Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that those bailed out by courts will not be re-arrested”.
He appealed to ICRC, Amnesty International and other human rights bodies to take cognisance of detentions and use their influence for securing release of all detainees.
The statement sought immediate release of Shah Wali Mohammad, Sheikh Mohamad Yusuf, Ab Subhan Wani, Ameer Hamza Shah, Mohammad Yusuf lone, Abdul Ahad Para, Mohammad Shaban Dar, Mir Hafeez Ullah, Mohammad Yousef Falahi, Molana Sarjan Barkati, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Mohammad Rustum Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Raies Ahmad Mir, Showkat Ahmad, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Master Ali Mohammad, Ishfaq Kotwal, Ghulam Mohammad Tantrey, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Mohammad Rafiq Raina, Molvi Abdul Qayoom, Safdar Ahmad Bagwan, Rahmat ullah, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, Ghulam Mohammad Lone, Irshad Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Abdul Khaliq Regu, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Nazir Ahmad War, Mohammad Ashraf War, Khursheed Ahmad Dar and several other political prisoners languishing in different jails under the PSA.