SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday alleged the detainees in Kathua Jai, Jammu, are “stripped naked and subjected to extreme brutality and torture by jail staff even in presence of their family members and those visiting (the) jail”.
Hurriyat in a statement issued here expressed deep concern over the plight of prisoners lodged in Kathua Jail saying the situation there is “extremely horrible”.
“Detainees are stripped naked and subjected to extreme brutality and torture by jail staff even in presence of their family members and those visiting jail”.
Slamming jail authorities for their “callous and brutal behaviour”, Hurriyat said that they have virtually made the jail like the infamous Abu Ghareeb.
It said the detainees meet their families after fifteen days and “hence most of the detainees don’t get a chance to see their families or relatives”. “(The) visitors are ill treated and humiliated by jail staff and substandard food items are provided to prisoners.”
“There is a single water cooler for two barks and water supply is denied after the barracks are locked. The situation (is) extremely appalling. A prisoner can move out just for one hour and consequently faces extreme mental torture.”
The statement said the detainees including Abdullah Nasir, Nazir Ahmad Rather, Peer Tanveer (Pattan) Zahoor Ahmad Lone, Gh Rasool Parey, Farooq Ahmad Towhidee, and others suffer from different ailments.
Lashing out at state authorities, Hurriyat said jail administration is subjecting prisoners to “political vendetta and torture”.
Hurriyat appealed to ICRC and human rights organisations to take serious notice of the “miserable condition” of Kashmiri prisoners and use influence for their release.