‘Tihar jail Guantanamo for Kashmiri prisoners’

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SRINAGAR: Reiterating its concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Friday said those languishing in Tihar jail, Delhi including its chief Shabir Shah are facing toughest times of their lives as they are being targeted psychologically by either confining them to small cells or large wards along with other criminals.
A DFP spokesperson in a statement issued here said Tihar jail is Guantanamo Bay for Kashmiri prisoners.
Referring to a letter written by Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar jail, the spokesperson stressed upon Director General Prisons, Delhi to take immediate and appropriate measures to safeguard the lives of Kashmiri inmates including Shabir Shah who has been booked in an “old fabricated case” of 2005.
As per media reports, Kashmiris arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail have moved a joint application before the Director General Prisons, Delhi to lodge them together in a single compartment, or at least separate them from other prisoners who are in jail for different criminal cases as they feel insecure with them.
JKDFP chief Shabir Shah has been lodged in a small cell with open commode in solitary confinement which has added to his miseries, the spokesperson said adding that Shah is suffering from many ailments and jail authorities are fully aware of his worst health conditions.
“It is high time for Director General Prisons, Delhi to act according to the application moved by Kashmiri prisoners. It is not proper for jail authorities to fell prey to the politics being played with Kashmiri prisoners including Shabir Shah. Indian judiciary has already succumbed before the political leadership of its country. It is evident by the fact that it is not passing a single bail order in favour of the Kashmiri prisoners despite the fact that ED or NIA has completely failed in proving any charges against the accused including Shabir Shah. Even the legal experts are surprised by the behaviour of judiciary against Kashmiri prisoners,” the spokesperson said.

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