SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed concern over the reports of alleged harassment and manhandling of some inmates from the State at Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Taking a serious view of these reports, the Chief Minister spoke to Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba and asked him to intervene in the matter.
The Union Home Secretary assured the Chief Minister of a thorough probe into the incident and punishing the culprits for having violated the jail manual.
Pertinently, on 21 November, a police team from Tamil Nadu beat up at least 18 inmates at Tihar jail. The inmates mostly Kashmiris include Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.
The report submitted by a three member Delhi High Court appointed committee said that Shahid Yousuf, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mohammad Sajid and Azhar sustained injuries during the assault:
“Mohammad Sajid suffered three fractures in his right hand index finger. The other inmates also suffered severe bruises on their backs and leg. Mushtaq Ahmad suffered a swollen hand and severe injury on his left leg.”
The Hurriyat conference had yesterday registered a strong protest against the assault on the inmates at Tihar jail. Hurriyat (G) had released the photographs depicting assault on the inmates inside Tihar Jail.
The Hurriyat (G) urged International Red Cross and Amnesty International to “take note of the pathetic condition of political detainees and impress upon India to shun its callous attitude towards detainees… (besides) use influence for immediate release of all detainees.”
Meanwhile, protests erupted on Monday in the native village of Shahid Yousuf soon after news about Tihar thrashing reached Srinagar. People in Soibugh Budgam held protest march against the ill treatment of the inmates at Tihar jail.
The protesters also cautioned the authorities against any harm to Shahid.