Er Rasheed barred from meeting prisoners at Kotbalwal

Kotbalwal: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Enbgineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh was Friday barred to meet prisoners lodged in Kotebhalwal Jail.

Er Rasheed condemned what he termed as the ‘draconian behavior’ of jail authorities, saying that the authorities are creating terror in kotbalwal and other jails.

“I was told at Kotbalwal jail that we have received directions from Director General Prisoners not to allow anyone except selective family members to meet any Kashmiri prisoner. The direction passed by Jail superintendent is unlawful, inhuman and violation of rights of prisoners,” he said in a statement issued here.

Er Rasheed accused that after a prisoner allegedly fled away from Srinagar Hospital, the authorities have started teasing prisoners, their relatives and subjecting them to various sorts of tortures in all jails of the state including Central Jail Srinagar and Kotebhalwal Jail Jammu.

He said that learned sources have confirmed that prisoners are being denied proper Medical treatment and are forced to get nominal treatment from designated police hospitals only. “The act of creating terror in Kotbalwal and other jails is unacceptable and gross root violation of human rights,” he said.

“While entire world is working for Jail reforms J&K is an exception. Let the jail authorities not forget that the detunes lodged in Kotbalwal, Kathua, Hiranager , Central Jail Srinagar and other places are not criminals and depriving them of their genuine legitimate rights is condemnable,” he said.

Er Rasheed warned state government of dire consequences if any harm is inflicted to any prisoner within or outside state and appeal international Human Rights Organizations to take care of atrocities on Kashmiri detunes lodged in different jails.

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