Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA), on Thursday urged the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take judicial notice of the plight of under trials and detainees in Kotebalwal jail Jammu. The Bar alleged that the inmates are subject to ‘worst treatment’ and action should be initiated 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 (detainees) and under trial 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 detainees and under trial prisoners by the jail authorities,” a spokesman of the lawyers body said in a statement issued here.
The spokesman condemned the treatment meted out to the under trial prisoners and detainees lodged in Kotebalwal Jail, Jammu.
“The inmates are subject to physical torture and stripping and also keeping them in solitary confinement in small cells for weeks together,” the lawyers body said.
“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 recently, also deserves to be investigated and those responsible for the dastardly act, deserves to be punished,” the spokesman added.
The lawyers’ body also strongly condemned the opening of fire by army on a group of people at Walarhama village in Pahalgam area of South Kashmir Anantnag district.
At least five civilians including an old woman were injured and had to be rushed to District Hospital Anantnag, where two of them with severe bullet injuries, had to be operated upon to save their life.
“The Bar Association maintains that earlier also, when the braid choppers were caught by people at Kulgam, Kupwara and Uri, the army and police immediately arrived at the spot and resorted to firing and teargas shelling to rescue the braid choppers,” the lawyers body alleged.