Plight of Kashmiri prisoners seriously alarming: Bar

SRINAGAR: Terming the plight of Kashmiri prisoners as “seriously alarming”, the Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Saturday said the jail authorities subject the inmates to “inhuman” treatment inside jails. It also demanded shifting of the prisoners from outside state jails to J&K.
Bar in a statement issued here said a day-long seminar was organised here at district court complex, Moominabad Batamaloo which was presided over by vice president Mushtaq Ahmad Dar. General secretary GN Shaheen conducted the proceedings.
Prominent academicians, human rights activists, professors and lawyers participated in the seminar and deliberated upon “the issues related to freedom struggle and the human rights violations perpetuated by the occupation authorities in J&K especially the plight of prisoners lodged in different jails, inside and outside the state”.
The participants also highlighted the murderous assaults committed by jail authorities in Tihar Jail recently. They also expressed serious concern over the “fake arrests” and lodgement of Kashmiri leaders in Tihar Jail. “Shahid Yousuf, son of (Syed) Salahuddin, has been seriously tortured by the jail authorities without any reason or rhyme,” they said. “The health condition of the prisoners including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Mohammad Altaf Shah, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Watali and others, is alarming and these political detainees are being subjected to mental and physical pain and agony.”
The speakers also described the “freedom struggle” of J&K as “a people’s movement based on justice”. While appreciating the role of courts and lawyers in seeking release of prisoners since 1990 till date, it was observed that coordinated efforts deserve to be undertaken.
Bar Association reiterated its solidarity with prisoners especially Masarat Alam, Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and others, and offered their services for the safe release of the political prisoners.
Bar also appealed to international community and UNO to “intervene in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K and impress upon the Government of India to desist from perpetuating the reign of terror, committing of human rights violations”.