SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Monday warned the government of serious consequences if political prisoners incarcerated at the Srinagar Central Jail were shifted to jails outside the Valley.
“Hurriyat will not remain silent over this unjustified and unnecessary step,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
“23 detainees have been shifted since February 1,” said Geelani, adding that a list of more detainees has been prepared and they have been asked without any justification to be ready for the shifting.
“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 Kathua, Hiranagar and Udhampur jails,” he said.
“The detainees are being shifted primarily due to political vendetta. The main motive behind this move is to subject them to physical and mental agony so that they will relinquish their mission,” Hurriyat chairman 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 meet them with ease and without much wastage of time”.
Geelani expressed deep anguish and concern over the miserable plight of “illegally” detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails saying they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture.
He said the prisoners are deprived of medical treatment. “We have reports that youth belonging to Kashmir valley are being targeted and subjected to worst treatment. The unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking a toll on their health.”
Geelani termed as “state terrorism” the slapping of 5th Public Safety Act (PSA) on Mohammad Assadullah Parray, saying it is “highly condemnable”.
Referring to prolonged and “unlawful” detention of Parray, Geelani said it is disheartening that he is being subjected to “vengeance” by authorities.
Hurriyat chairman hailing the sacrifices of prisoners said all Kashmiri detainees are “living legends and icons for the resistance movement”.
“The sacrifices rendered by Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Alam Bhat, Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qasim, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Pir Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mohammad Yusuf Mir , Amir Hamza, Kamran Yousuf, Shahid Yousuf, Javed Ahmad Bhat, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Mansoor Ahmed, Tariq Ahmed, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Ramzan Khan, Abdul Ahad Parra, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Mohammad Yousaf Falahi, Hafeez Allah Mir, Shakeel Ahmed, Farooq Tawheedi, Raies Ahmad, Abdul Samad Inqilabi and Moulana Sarjan Barkati are praiseworthy,” Geelani said, adding, “We are proud of these warriors for their commitment and dedication. They are role models and icons for Kashmiris and beacon light for the on going freedom movement.”
Geelani appealed the ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations to “come to the rescue of these detainees, take notice of this lawlessness, and raise voice against the unabated use of PSA by state authorities in the occupied state”.
Geelani asked people to provide every possible support to families of the detained leaders and activists.