SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has urged people to observe a complete strike on Wednesday against the shifting of prisoners to outside valley jails, their prolonged and “illegal” detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to them.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik condemned the “arbitrary and illegal move” of shifting Muslim Deeni Mahaz chairperson Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Muhammad Shafi Shariati and others in the middle of night clandestinely from Central Jail Srinagar to Udhampur and Hiranagar prisons.
Terming the move as “dictatorial and inhuman”, the JRL said it is in total violation of the court orders and reflects authorities’ revenge against political prisoners.
“Shifting of Dr Faktoo and Dr Shaerati to Jammu prisons is a brazen violation of the orders of the double bench of J&K High Court that had stated that the duo can’t be shifted to any other place outside Srinagar. Despite the clear court orders, the ruling regime in violation of its own high court orders still shifted the duo from Central Jail to Jammu to appease their masters in New Delhi, showing that court orders have no standings or value for them,” the leadership said.
The leadership said earlier many Kashmiri prisoners including Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Ayoub Dar, Muhammad Ayoub Mir, Abdul Hameed Teli, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Rayees Ahmed, Showkat Ahmed Hakeem, Adil Ahmed Zargar, Moomin Ahmed, Muhammad Ishaq Pal, Imran Nabi Wani, Mehrajudin, Danish Malik, Feroz Ahmed, Mufti Abdul Ahad, Amir Ahmed Wagay, who were lodged at Central Jail Srinagar, were also shifted and lodged in various prisons in Jammu, and termed the move as “highly condemnable”.
“Dr Faktoo recently completed 25 years in prison while as Dr Sheriati (is incarcerated for) 15 years in jail; both were suffering from multiple ailments due to their prolonged confinement. Shifting them to Jammu jails poses) a risk to their lives which is inimical to all humanitarian and democratic principles.”
The JRL said that under the pretext of escape of one prisoner, the “endless miseries and hardships” are being inflicted on hundreds of political prisoners and they are being shifted to Jammu jails.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik made a fervent appeal to world rights organisations including Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights bodies to intervene into the grave violation of prisoners’ rights taking place in Kashmir and take steps to ensure all prisoners are brought back to valley and released without any precondition.