Srinagar: Drawing attention to “ill treatment” meted out to Kashmiris in jails by the state, the pro-freedom leaders on Monday said that inmates were facing Guantanamo Bay-like treatment in prison.
The leaders addressed a protest rally held in Hyderpora area of Srinagar outside the residence of Geelani Monday afternoon.
Leaders from both factions of the Hurriyat Conference, one led by Syed Ali Geelani and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, as also the Yasin Malik-led Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) participated in the demonstration.
During the protest, the leaders termed the behaviour of authorities against detainees as “unethical” and “unlawful”.
“The detainees are subjected to vengeance. In Tihar jail, the administration is run by Tamil Nadu Special Police and they have virtually turned it into Guantanamo Bay,” Hurriyat’s Raja Meraj-ud-Din said.
“The detainees are frisked, interrogated, harassed and humiliated by jail authorities,” the leader alleged.
There is neither any procedure nor any proper medical facility for detainees, Kalwal said and accused the authorities of ignoring the ailing detainees.
He also pointed out that the families of inmates lodged in Kathua and Udhampur face immense hardships as jail staff there creates “impediments and hurdles” to a meeting. “The families are harassed and even denied a meeting with jail inmates,” said Kalwal.
The protesters carried placards demanding the release of political prisoners and chanted pro-freedom slogans during the protest, called by the united resistance leadership in their protest calendar.
While addressing the gathering, pro-freedom leaders called for the release of all detainees languishing in jails across the state.
“Many youths are languishing without any trial and thousands, including elderly and minors, have been arrested,” he said.
“We will continue our struggle and raise our voice until they are released,” a protester, Ghulam Nabi Zakie, said.
Sheikh Ab Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Professor Javed Ahmad, Ad Yasir, Bilal Sidiqee, Siraj ud-Din Mir, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Mohammad Salim Zargar, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Hakeem Ab Rashid, Kh Firdous, Syed Zahoor ul Haq Geelani, Rameez Raja, Gazi Javed Baba, Zaheer Abas, Mohd Shafi Budgami, Sajad Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad, Ab Majid Wani and Sahil Ahmad Wani were among those who participated in the protest demonstration.