Hurriyat demands release of political prisoners

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference on Monday expressed serious concern over the continuous detention of its activists Shah Wali Mohammad, Omer Adil Dar, Moulana Mudasir Nadvi and Abdul Ahad and demanded their immediate release.
Spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement said police is unnecessarily creating hurdles in their release. “Denying political space, choking genuine voices and continuous crackdown against pro- freedom leaders and activists are deliberate acts to disrupt situation and create uncertainty in state,” he said.
Criticising police for its “callous approach”, Hurriyat spokesperson said police is creating hurdles during the meeting between prisoners and their families and these meetings are often denied.
Referring to ailing Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders including Mir Hafeez Ullah and Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, the spokesperson said no proper medical facility is provided and that the incarcerated leader’s health condition is deteriorating alarmingly due to the lack of proper medication and health care.
“Detainees in jail are also deliberately harassed and tormented by authorities. All this is done in complete violation of the jail manual which lays emphasis on the honour and dignity of prisoners,” he said.
Referring to its elderly leader Shah Wali Mohammad, Hurriyat said, “It is extremely unfortunate that on the directions of a callous police officer deputed in district Baramulla, 80-year-old Tehreek-e-Huriyat leader, Shah Wali Mohammad has been detained in police station Sopore. His wife is suffering from cancer and daughter is handicapped; there is no male member to look after his family. Police is reluctant and creating hurdles in his release.”
Demanding release of the incarcerated pro-freedom leaders and activists, Hurriyat Conference said hundreds of “innocent youth detained under frivolous cases” are languishing in jails and police stations across the valley and most of them are detained under infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).
Urging the international human rights groups to take serious note of it, Hurriyat spokesperson said the “woeful tale of miseries and tortures of Kashmiri prisoners in police stations and jails is an eye-opener for human rights defenders”.
He also appealed to the International Red Cross and Amnesty International to take note of the “pathetic condition” of political detainees lodged in J&K and outside state jails.