Srinagar: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Saturday held a protest demonstration at press enclave against the “inhuman treatment” of prisoners by the state administration and demanded their immediate release.
The protests were led by advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar, Er Farooq Ahmad Khan, and Molvi Bashir Ahmad.
On the occasion, advocate Sodagar while talking to media said: “The ruler class has turned the State into a virtual jail where people irrespective of their age are put behind bars. The prisoners are treated in a very inhuman manner.”
“Those arrested while struggling for the liberation of their land from foreign aggression or occupation fall into the domain of ‘prisoners of war’ and should not be treated as criminals. Even they are not provided any medical facility,” he said.
Prisoners in several jails of the State particularly the Baramulla sub-jail are facing immense hardship where inmates are beaten and subjected to mental trauma, the protesters said.
They said many prisoners like Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Latief Ahmad Raja, Mirza Nisar, Mehmood Ali, Javaid Ahmad Khan, Mehmood Topiwala, and others are serving life imprisonment in Tihar and Rajasthan jails.
“The Indian Supreme Court had itself passed the ruling that a detainee should be kept in the jail which is nearest to his home so that he can easily meet his family but what prevails here is the lawlessness of the champions of farcical slogans of ‘battle of ideas’,” Sodagar said.
Advocate also condemned the continuous arrest of leaders, district presidents, and activists of Freedom Party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and various resistance parties saying, “This is nothing but the frustration of the so-called government.”