SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday visited Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu where he interacted with prisoners and enquired about their well being, problems and issues, a party statement issued here said. The statement said Rasheed urged jail authorities to “realise that those facing detention on political grounds need to be given respect and dignity inside the jail and should never be treated at par with other (prisoners)”.
He said there is a lot of scope to improve facilities for the prisoners inside the jail. He urged authorities to provide better healthcare to detainees.
Citing example of Abdul Hamid Wani, a resident of Hatlangoo Sopore, Rasheed said his health condition is deteriorating and demanded his immediate release.
The AIP president condemned the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for “adding salt to the injuries of pellet victims by taking photographs with them while distributing appointment orders and then sharing those photographs in the media”.
“Mehbooba Mufti should feel ashamed in taking photographs of the ill-fated pellet victims who felt to the terrorism of her brutal forces,” Rasheed said. “Giving them jobs itself proves that government has used disproportionate force which has resulted in blinding of the youth.” “Rather apologising to these ill-fated victims, Mehbooba Mufti is trying to portray herself as their sympathiser without realising that she is responsible for blinding them. She needs to realise that there is no compensation to the loss of eyesight of these youth and for them, giving any job doesn’t matter as they have been blinded forever.”
The MLA Langate asked the chief minister to “stop playing with the sufferings of pellet victims and show some respect towards human lives and moral values”.