Kashmiri prisoners subjected to mental, physical torture, says Geelani

Kashmiri prisoners subjected to mental, physical torture, says Geelani
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Hails their sacrifices

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday expressed deep anguish and concern over the reported worsening condition of Kashmiri prisoners, saying they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails.
Seeking cognisance of the international human rights organisations towards the condition of Kashmiri prisoners detained in jails across J&K and India, Geelani in a statement said, “Oppression against Kashmiris particularly youth is going on. The inmates in Udhampur Jail are deprived of medical treatment.”
“The inmates are put in cells in solitary confinements for long periods, deprived of their contact with near and dear ones and also other basic needs,” he said. “The international organisations for human rights must take cognisance of the incarcerated Kashmiri youth. They must visit these jails.”
“We have reports from Udhampur Jail that Kashmiri youth are being targeted,” the Hurriyat chairman said, adding they are subjected to worst treatment. “The unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking a toll on their health.”
“Detainees are compelled to use dirty and unhygienic utensils and no proper food as per jail manual is provided to them,” he added.
Slamming the jail superintendent for “inhuman and harsh” behaviour against detainees, Geelani said, “She has turned jail into hell and jail mates are pressurised and compelled to participate in obscene and offensive cultural programmes and dance concerts.”
Geelani said jail authorities have “let loose the reign of terror and non-Muslim prisoners are being provided free hand to create disturbances during prayer times”.
“We have reports from police station Bandipora that youth including Mudasir Ahmad Wani, Irfan Ahmad Wani and Abdul Lateef Wani are being tortured and targeted,” he said and strongly criticised the police behaviour.
He said all prisoners languishing in jails are the prisoners of conscience. He hailed their sacrifices saying they are pursuing the right to self-determination through peaceful political means.
Hailing prisoners for their sacrifices and commitment, Geelani said the sacrifices rendered by Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Masarat Alam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javed Ahmed, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Mohammad Ramzan Khan, Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Yousaf Falahi, Mir Hafeezullah, Shakeel Ahmed Yatoo, Abdul Gani Bhat, Raies Ahmad Mir, Salman Yousuf, Abdul Ahad Para, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, and Sarjan Barkati are praiseworthy.
“We are proud of these warriors for their commitment and dedication. They are role model and icons for nation and beacon lights for the ongoing freedom movement,” Geelani said.