SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressing concern over the welfare of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and the manner of his arrest.
Shah has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 25 from his office at Sanat Nagar in Srinagar and taken to Delhi. The ED officials executed a non-bailable warrant issued against Shah by a Delhi court in a case which has been disposed of in 2010. A Delhi court has allowed the ED to question him for seven days in its custody.
JKCHR president, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, in a letter to NHRC has said that Shah’s arrest “relates to an August 2005 case wherein the Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested Muhammad Aslam Wani and later released him”.
“We are told that Shabir Shah has been arrested for his dissenting views and political activities. It has been reported to us that he is currently held in lock up and the conditions are inhumane and degrading. His family has reported that the room is inhabitable, infested and Shabir Shah has to endure high Delhi temperature. He is suffering from multiple ailments and the living conditions have adversely affected his welfare.”
“You are respectfully requested to very kindly look into the matter, in which the other accused has been released in 2010. We are concerned about the welfare of Shabir Shah and the manner of his arrest,” the letter to NHRC reads.