Malik calls on ICRC representative
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Monday said Kashmiri prisoners lodged in J&K and in jails outside the state are not criminals but the “true” representatives of the political aspirations of the people of Kashmir who are being punished for pleading the people’s cause from the front.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said it will lodge a complaint before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) about the “maltreatment” of Kashmiri prisoners in JK and in jails elsewhere.
The statement said Yasin Malik on Monday led a delegation to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office here at Gogji Bagh, where he spoke over the phone to the rights group’s deputy head Adebayo, who is stationed in New Delhi, and stressed upon immediate intervention into the plight of Kashmiri resistance leaders and prisoners lodged in Kathua jail (in Jammu) and Tihar jail (in New Delhi). “Malik also highlighted the cases of many prisoners who are being denied trial and urged the ICRC deputy head to build pressure on New Delhi to end the inhuman behaviour towards Kashmiri prisoners in jails across India.”
Malik also questioned Adebayo as to why not even a single delegation of the ICRC had conducted any visit to J&K and outside jails in the past one year to check the plight of Kashmiri prisoners. He urged the ICRC deputy head to immediately plan a thorough visit to all jails where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged to take a first-hand account of the treatment given to them.
The joint leadership in a statement said in Delhi’s Tihar jail, the resistance leaders, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Fantoosh, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar and others, including some businessmen who are detained there, are being deprived even basic facilities, including access to medical aid. “The jail authorities are badly treating all these leaders in complete violation of jail manual [rules],” it said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said “When relatives of the resistance leaders met them at Tihar jail recently, they came to know that proper food, bedding and other basic facilities, which otherwise are even available to hardcore criminals, are denied to them, and they are rarely allowed to move out of their cells into open space in the jail.
“Those claiming to be the champions of democracy are violating the basic norms of humanity,” the joint resistance leadership said.