Central Jail Srinagar turned into ‘torture camp’: Jama’at

Central Jail Srinagar turned into ‘torture camp’: Jama’at
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Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday said that after the escape of a prisoner Naveed Jatt alias Abu Hanzallah, the jail authorities have imposed harsh restrictions upon the jail inmates without any justification.
In a statement, a spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali said that the jail authorities have virtually turned this “jail into a torture camp” after the escape incident.
He said that number of inmates have been shifted from Central Jail Srinagar to the jails outside the valley as a punishment.
“The inmates have been deprived of all the facilities which they are entitled to under the jail norms,” he said. “The relatives of the prisoners are subjected to unjustified scrutiny and meeting with their loved ones would last just ten-minute between the iron-rod partitions hardly able to listen to each other’s conversation.”
He said: “The shifting of the under trial prisoners would cause an undue delay in the court proceedings thereby causing great injustice to them and deprivation of the smooth trial.”
Jama’at asked the human rights organizations to come forward and look into the pathetic conditions of the political prisoners in the jails in Jammu and Kashmir and impress upon the jail administration to honour the fundamental rights of the inmates.
“We also condemn the posting of a police officer as the jail superintendent as if a grim law and order situation was to be tackled. By doing so this jail has virtually been turned into an interrogation centre and a big hurdle for relatives of inmates who want to meet their dear ones,” he added.