SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of Kashmiri detainees in Tihar Jail, Delhi, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday demanded immediate shifting of all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various Indian jails to valley.
In a statement, Geelani said those lodged in Tihar Jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Kamran Yousuf, Shahid Yusuf, Zahoor Ahmad Watali and others are subjected to ill treatment. He said in absence of proper medical care, their health condition is worsening with each passing day.
Geelani said if any untoward happens to these prisoners; New Delhi and local rulers shall have to face consequences.
He expressed deep concern over the failing condition of Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, saying he is languishing in jail since past eight years and is suffering from multiple ailments. “Despite his deteriorating condition, no proper treatment is provided and his eyesight has been badly affected in the absence of specific treatment,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman said prisoners lodged in Tihar Jail have not committed any offence but are political prisoners and are suffering because of “political vendetta”.
Syed Ali Geelani condemned the continuous detention of resistance leaders including Masarat Alam Bhat, Dr Mohammad Qassim, Dr Mohammad Qassim, Dr Mohammad Shafi Shariati, Gh Mohd Khan Sopori, Ameer Hamza Shah, Mir Hafiz Ullah, Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Ab Gani Bhat, Mohammad Yusuf Lone, Mohammad Shaban Dar, Raies Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Ab Ahad Para, Mohammad Rafiq Ganaie, Fehmeda Sofi, Omer Adil Dar, Mudasir Nadvi, Ab Ahad, Gh Qadir Bhat, Mohammad Shaban Khan, Salman Yusuf, Shakil Ahmad Yatoo, Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Haji Mohammad Rustum, Sarjan Barkati, Mohammad Subhan Wani, Ab Khaliq Regu, Gh Mohammad Tantrey, Nasir Ahmad Ganai, Bashir Ahmad Wani, Ab Aziz Ganai, Sheikh Danish, Nazir Ahmad Manto, Javed Ahmad Falahi, Ab Hamid Parey, Assad ullah Parey, Gh Hassan Malik, Aijaz Ahmad Bahru, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Mushtaq Ahmad Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Javid Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ramzan Bhat, Gh Nabi Khan, Mufti Ab Ahad Rather, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Mohammad Amin, Showkat Hakim, Bashir Ahmad Saleh, Sheikh Farooq, Sajad Ahmad Chopan, Sajad Ahmad Mir, Suhail Ahmad Sheikh , Ab Salam Mir, Mohammad Sultan Sopori, Ashfaq Ahmad Parey, Irshad Ahmad Para, Sajad Ahmad Noh, Khurshid Ahmad Lone, Meraj-u-Din Nanda, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Ikhlas Ahmad Sheikh, Nayeem Ahmad Dar, Ali Mohammad Dar and Farooq Ahmad Sofi and said they were arrested in “fake and fabricated” charges.
He said the detention of these political prisoners is being prolonged on one pretext or the other and frequently PSAs are slapped against them.
Geelani said most of the people particularly youth who were arrested during 2016 uprising have been “tortured” in various police stations.
Condemning the “hypocritical approach” of Indian authorities, Geelani said, “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.”
Geelani appealed to Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organisations for human rights to take cognisance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release.