Geelani concerned over deteriorating health of Tihar inmates

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Monday expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of Kashmiri detainees in Tihar jail.

Geelani as per the statement issued here demanded immediate shifting of all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various Indian jails to the Kashmir Valley.

He added that those lodged in Tihar Jail, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Dr Gh Mohmad Bhat, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar @ Bita Karate, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Kamran Yousuf, Shahid Yusuf, Zahoor Ahmad Watali and others are meted out ill treatment and in absence of proper medical care their health condition is worsening with every passing day.

Geelani warned authorities, saying if any untoward happens to them, the local rulers and Delhi shall have to face consequences.

He expressed his deep concern over the falling condition of Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, saying he is languishing in jail since past eight years and suffering from multiple ailments.

Geelani added that despite his deteriorating condition, no proper treatment is provided and his eye sight is badly affected in absence of specific treatment.

“It is highly condemnable,” he said and lamented at authorities, saying that prisoners lodged in Tihar jail, have not committed any offence and added they are political prisoners and suffering because of political vendetta.

Geelani said that most of the people particularly youth who were arrested during the post July 8 /2016 uprising in Kashmir have been tortured in various police stations, lodged in different jails and their detention being prolonged on one or the other pretext.

Lashing at hypocritical approach of Indian authorities, Geelani said that they are making much hue and cry over a convicted prisoner in Pakistan while as contrary to this; their behaviour is more callous and inhuman with those languishing in jails against fake charges.

Commenting over the inhuman treatment meted out to prisoners, Geelani in his appeal to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organisations for human rights to take cognizance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release and impressed international community to break their silence and help and rescue political prisoners.


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