Shift Shahid to Srinagar, demands Budgam Civil society

Srinagar: Condemning ‘heinous and murderous’ assault on Syed Shahid Yousuf in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, Civil Society Budgam Wednesday demanded immediate shifting of Shahid to Srinagar central jail to avoid any future physical attack on him.

“Keeping his security in view it is impressed that Syed Shahid Yousuf must be shifted to Srinagar central jail to avoid further such incidents and ensure his safety,” the society said in a signed statement here.

They also demanded stern action against the security forces involved in the assault on Shahid, son of Hizbul Mujahideen Supermo Syed Salahuddin.

The society said a 22-member delegation met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  on October 22  to convey “our deep concern about the unwarranted arrest” of Shahid.

The delegation stressed that Shahid is a noble, humble and absolutely peaceful citizen. The said that they have sought CM’s personal intervention in securing the release of Shahid.

“However, much to the deep agony and disappointment  of  the family and the entire society, Shahid continues to be under detention and his judicial custody has further been extended upto December 22, despite the CM’s assurance to the contrary,” they said.

Despite the assurance of the CM that no further harassment would be inflicted upon Shahid and his release will be secured, he has reportedly been beaten to pulp along with other inmates by Tamil Nadu Special Force (TNSF) guarding the high security cell in Tihar Jail which has resulted in multiple and visible severe injuries to him, the society said.

They said although his health condition deserved an immediate medical consultation, the same was denied and only first aid was provided to him.

Tracing history of the torture and harassment meted out to the family, the society said  Shahid’s father has left the family at a time when all his children were innocent kids. In 90’s their house would get frequently raided during nights and days, frequent arrests and torture was a routine, they added.

“In 1995 their house was reduced to rubble by government forces which forced them to migrate to Srinagar and go into hiding to evade frequent raids. Shahid, is a peaceful citizen who worked as Rehbari-Ziraat (skilled labour) for ten years at a meager Rs.1500/ per month and only got regularized in March this year,” the society members said.

The society said “It would be disheartening for  you to learn that out of three small kids of Shahid, the eldest one, who is nine years old, is a known case of down’s syndrome, whose upbringing was the major responsibility on the shoulders of his father. However, the absence of his father has taken a toll on the child’s wellbeing and will hinder his education,” they added. (Kashmir Wire)


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