23 detainees shifted to outside jails since Feb 01: Geelani 

Srinagar: Stating that the government was planning to shift detainees on large scale from central jail Srinagar to Jammu jails, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Monday said that 23 detainees have been shifted to outside jails since Feb 01.

According to the statement issued here, Geelani warned the government of serious consequences if “political prisoners” incarnated at the Srinagar Central Jail are shifted to jails outside the Valley.

“Hurriyat will not remain silent over this unjustified and unnecessary step,” Geelani said.

Geelani expressed deep concern that government was planning to shift detainees on large scale from central jail Srinagar to Jammu jails. “In this connection 23 detainees have been shifted since February 1,” said Geelani.

Quoting relatives of inmates, Geelani said that a list of more detainees has been prepared and they have been asked without any justification to be ready for the shifting,” Geelani alleged.

“Those who have been shifted include Khursheed Ahmad Lone, Irfan Ahmad Khan, Gowher Ahmad Sheikh, Riyaz Ahmad Mir, Umer Rashid Want, Nisar Ahmad Lone, Mushtaq Ahmad Malla, Meraj-u-Din Nanda, Suhail Ahmad Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Mir, Seerat ul Hassan, Mufti Abdul Ahad and Feroz Ahmad Dar to Kuthwa, Hira Nagar and Udhampur, the statement added.

“The detainees are being shifted primarily due to political vendetta. The main motive behind this move is to subject the detainees to physical and mental agony so that they will relinquish their mission,” Geelani said, adding that the decision is unconstitutional as according to a ruling by Indian Supreme Court, detainees should be lodged in places where their relatives can easily meet them with ease and without waste of time.

Geelani expressed deep anguish and concern over the miserable plight of illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails saying the inmates were being ill-treated and subject to mental and physical torture in jails.

He said that the detainees in jails were deprived of medical treatment.

“We have reports that youth belonging to Kashmir Valley are being targeted and subject to the worst treatment. The unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking a toll on their health,” he said.

Geelani termed the slapping of 5th Public Safety Act (PSA) on Mohammad Assad ullah Parey as ‘state terrorism, saying “It is highly condemnable.”

Referring to “prolonged and unlawful detention” of Parey, Geelani said, “he is languishing in jail since long, however, it is quite disheartening that he is being subjected to vengeance by state authorities.”

While hailing the sacrifices of prisoners, Geelani said that all Kashmiri detainees are living legends and icons for resistance movement.

Geelani appealed the ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other Human Rights Organizations to come to the rescue of these detainees and take notice of this lawlessness and added that these agencies must raise their voice against the unabated use of PSA by state authorities in the occupied state and asked to devote their attention towards this injustice with the detainees and take up this issue with authorities.

He asked people to provide every possible support to effected families and those detained during ongoing freedom movement.

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