SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Tuesday termed the shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her two associates Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen to Delhi’s Tihar jail under 30 day judicial custody by NIA as “sheer political vendetta” saying the move is aimed at building pressure on the resistance leadership to force them into submission.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said NIA and ED have already booked dozens of resistance leaders and Kashmiri businessmen under “frivolous charges” and all those arrested continue to remain lodged in Tihar jail along with dreaded criminals.
“These leaders are deprived of the fair trial and whenever dates of their trial come closer, the jail authorities evade the trials on one or the other pretext,” it said.
The JRL said Kashmiri prisoners languishing in Tihar, Kot Bhalwal, Kathua and Udhampur jails of Jammu are ill treated and denied basic medical aid, which should serve an eye opener for the international community.
The leadership expressed serious concern over the deteriorating condition of resistance leaders arrested by NIA and ED who are languishing in Tihar jail and include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid Yousuf and a prominent businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali.
The JRL urged the international rights groups to visit various India jails to get firsthand account of the pain and “atrocities” inflicted on Kashmiri prisoners.
“The relatives of most of the Kashmiri resistance leaders who met them in Tihar narrated a painful tale that includes non-availability of sleeping material, medicines, and things required by a person on a daily basis. All the prisoners complained of absence of proper medical aid guaranteed by the jail manual,” the leaders said.
“Those claiming to be the champions of democracy are themselves violating the rules of democracy as witnessed in Tihar jail,” the JRL said and appealed the heads of all rights bodies across the globe including Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and CRC to conduct a thorough visit of various Indian and other jails of Jammu and Kashmir to take the stock of the “ill-treatment” meted out to prisoners.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik strongly denounced the questioning of an accredited journalist from Kashmir Aaqib Javeed by NIA saying these steps are aimed at instilling fear among Kashmir’s journalist fraternity to prevent them from highlighting the “ultimate oppression” unleashed by lakhs of forces.