Reports coming from prisoners’ families horrific: Geelani

Reports coming from prisoners’ families horrific: Geelani
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Says ‘coercive measures will yield nothing’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said the “state sponsored tactics won’t deter us from pursuing our mission nor will these suppressive and aggressive measures make us surrender”.
In a statement Geelani said, “”Suppression and oppression won’t deter us from pursuing our mission. We are a peace loving nation and pursuing our right since past 70 years. We continue to suffer heavily.”
Asserting that war is no option Geelani urged for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, saying “coercive measures, killings, detentions and suppressions will yield nothing, instead will lead to devastation”.
Lashing out at state administration, Hurriyat chairman said they have “let lose the reign of terror” and turned the state into a “big jail”.
Referring to plight of prisoners, Geelani said the resistance leaders are denied political space and are caged. He said hundreds are languishing in jails since decades.
The pro-freedom leader said that the reports coming from the families and relatives of prisoners are “horrific”. “They (prisoners) are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails. The international human rights organisations should take notice of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners.”
“Kashmiri inmates in outside state jails are deprived of medical treatment and denied contact with near and dear ones,” Geelani said. “They are also denied other basic needs. The international organisations for human rights must take cognisance of incarcerated Kashmiri youth and visit these jails.”
Geelani expressed deep concern over the falling health of incarcerated leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Pir Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Kamran Yousuf, Javed Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani and Zahoor Ahmed Watali and Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, saying no proper medical facility is provided to them.
He also condemned the denial of bail to Shahid Yousuf, son of UJC chief Syed Salahuddin, who is lodged in Tihar jail, Delhi.
Denouncing jail authorities for their “inhuman and harsh” behaviour against the detainees, Hurriyat chairman said if any untoward happens to them; New Delhi and “local rulers” shall have to face the consequences.