SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various prisons in and outside J&K, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday said in absence of basic facilities including medical care, majority of incarcerated resistance leaders and activists are facing tough time.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said the resistance leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Fantoosh, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar and businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali languishing in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail and others lodged in Srinagar Central Jail that include Masrat Alam Bhat, Ashiq Hussain Fakhtoo alias Dr Qasim, Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Aqif Ahmed, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Ghulam Jeelani, Farooq Ahmed Dagga, Muhammad Sidiq Ganai, and dozens of others are facing “callous attitude” at the hands of jail authorities.
He said the jail authorities are even preventing these inmates from being produced before the required courts for hearing in their cases. “It is (the) height of oppression that family members of most of the inmates are denied meetings with them,” he said.
Meanwhile, strongly condemning the arrest of UJC chief Syed Salahudin’s son, Shahid Yousuf, in New Delhi, the spokesperson termed the move as “a pure political vendetta”. He said the government of India is on the path of crushing the pro-freedom leadership by intimidating them through involving their family members.
“NIA is being used a tool for this purpose in Kashmir but these tactics can’t suppress the genuine and sacred struggles like Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.