‘The move to shift the prisoners from Kashmir is in a brazen violation of the Indian Supreme Court guidelines which states that prisoners should be lodged in jails closer to their homes’
SRINAGAR: On the call of joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, a peaceful sit-in protest was held on Tuesday outside historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar in which several resistance leaders and activists, members from Shahr-e-Khaas traders besides the kith and kin of political prisoners lodged in different jails outside valley participated.
Carrying placards and banners, the sit-in was led by Muhammad Yasin Malik, while as Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the gathering via phone.
The JRL in a statement expressed serious concern over the plight of the prisoners lodged in different jails. It said even the judicial orders regarding prisoners are completely disregarded and that prisoners are suffering from immense problems including mental and physical torture.
The leadership demanded that all the prisoners should be released “without any pre-condition and further delay”.
The leadership said it was ironical to see Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Central Jail Srinagar shifted to various prisons outside the valley and termed the move as “highly autocratic” and condemnable. “The move to shift Kashmiri prisoners is a political vendetta aimed at adding to the worries of the family members of inmates.”
“The move to shift the prisoners from Kashmir is in a brazen violation of the Indian Supreme Court guidelines which states that prisoners should be lodged in jails closer to their homes,” the JRL said.
“The way Kashmiri prisoners are bearing the brunt of state’s onslaught in the form of mental and physical harassment, they deserve a big applaud and salute for their bravery and courage. The entire Kashmiri nation is highly indebted to the courage of all the prisoners.”
The JRL said that government and its forces while trying to hide its weakness in wake of escape by a militant Naveed Jutt from police custody, are venting their anger and frustration on the innocent inmates, which is highly deplorable. “The incident instead of being probed has triggered a frustration among the ranks and files of the ruling regime and its forces.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said Kashmiri prisoners, who are being shifted to other prisons, are facing trials in various courts of Srinagar. “It seems a move to delay their trial and is a deliberate attempt to prolong their illegal confinement. These prisoners are deprived of basic facilities guaranteed by the Geneva Convention.”
The JRL urged the world international bodies including Amnesty International, ICRC, Asia Watch and other forums to play their part in facilitating the immediate release of Kashmir’s political prisoners who are facing “endless problems” in various prisons across India.