SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association on Thursday strongly condemned the army firing on people at Walarhama village in Pahalgam area of South Kashmir, in which at least five civilians were injured.
In a statement, the Bar Association said that when the braid choppers were caught by people at Kulgam, Kupwara and Uri, the army and police immediately came on spot and resorted to firing and teargas shelling to rescue the braid choppers and it is exactly the same what has happened at Wularhama.
It also condemned the subjecting of undertrial prisoners and detenues lodged in Kotebalwal Jail, Jammu, to physical torture and stripping and also keeping them in solitary confinement in small cells for weeks together. It said on their entry into the jail and requests the High Court to take judicial notice of the matter and initiate action against the culprits, who have no respect for the human rights of the prisoners. The High Court having been asked by the Supreme Court to monitor the conditions of the jails and the treatment meted out to the detenues and undertrial prisoners lodged over there, is therefore, required to act fast as it has to furnish a report to the Apex Court within two months regarding the conditions of jails and the treatment meted out to the detenues and undertrial prisoners by the jail authorities. The assault on Mohammad Shafi Shah and Javid Ahmad, both hailing from Kashmir and presently lodged in Tihar Jail, who were given a ruthless beating in Jail No. 3 of Tihar Jail recently, also deserves to be got investigated and those responsible for the dastardly act, deserves to be punished.
The Bar Association also condemns the continued incarceration of Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Masarat Alam Bhat and hundreds of others, whose orders of detention have either been quashed by the High Court or the period of detention has expired, but instead of releasing them, they have been booked in fictitious cases and have been lodged in jails, both inside and outside the State, to make their release impossible.
The Bar Association also express serious concern over the extension of Judicial remand of Shabir Ahmad Shah; Nayeem Ahmad Khan; Farooq Ahmad Dar; Altaf Ahmad Shah; Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal; Peer Saifullah; Ayaz Akbar; Shahid-ul-Islam and Zahoor Ahmad Watali, by a Court at Delhi, most of whom are physically unwell, due to their continued incarceration and failure to provide them the necessary medical aid and assistance, which also stands substantiated by the medical record, besides others of Nayeem Ahmad Khan, whose platelet count has declined, putting his life in danger.