Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership Thursday paid rich tributes to five slain militants killed in two separate encounters at Budgam and Sagipora, Sopore and strongly condemned showering pellets and bullets on youth.
In a joint statement issued here, the leadership while paying glowing tributes to the slain youth said that it is the collective responsibility of leadership and the people of Kashmir to show steadfastness and to safeguard the mission of these ‘martyrs’.
JRL leadership said recent assault on the prisoners in Tihar and the ill treatment meted out to others lodged in Kathua where prisoners are facing inhuman treatment by jail authorities stands an eye-opener for the champions of prisoners’ rights,, human rights bodies and world organisations.
The leaders added that pro-freedom leaders lodged in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Fantoosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar ,Shahid Yousuf ,Kamran and Zahoor Watali are facing inhuman behavior by the jail authorities besides they are being deprived of all the basic facilities which includes medial aid. The statement said that denying the basic facilities is against the international principles of prisoners’ rights.
“Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various prisoners are not criminals. They are representing true aspirations of Kashmiri people and raising voice against the injustices. Those claiming to be the champions of democracy are themselves throwing the basic principles of democracy to the wind as seen in the case of recent assault on the innocent prisoners at Tihar. The protestors said that plight of Kashmiri prisoners is a cause of concern and people and the leadership can’t remain silent on it,” statement added.
Meanwhile on the directions of JRL, resistance leaders staged a protest march from Jamia Masjid to Nowhatta chowk in downtown Srinagar and later staged a protest sit at Nowhatta chowk against the manhandling and the brutal assault on the Kashmiri prisoners at Tihar Jail New Delhi, statement said.
The protestors demanding release and unconditional shifting of all the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various jails of Tihar, Kotbalwal, and Kathua, back to Kashmir, statement added.