SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference has expressed deep anguish and concern over the “worsening” health condition of prisoners, saying they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails.
Blaming jail authorities for the death of prisoner Ghulam Hassan Malik alias Noor Khan, a Hurriyat spokesperson said “no proper and specific treatment was provided to him”.
“It is sheer political vendetta that detainees in jails in state and outside are ill-treated,” he said and lashed jail authorities for their “callous and inhuman” approach.
He said lack of medical care and “substandard” quality of food is taking a toll on their health.
The spokesperson appealed the international human rights organisations to visit these jails and see for themselves the plight of these prisoners.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesperson condemned the authorities’ decision of detaining its general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji in police station Bijbehara, and barring him from offering Friday prayers, terming it as “open aggression” and interference in religious matters.
The spokesperson also paid tributes to Ghulam Hassan Malik and extended his condolences to the grieved family.