SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Saturday said the report on prisoners prepared by various judges of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir is an eye-opener for the international community.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the amalgam expressed concern that “in Central Jail Srinagar and District Jail Rajouri, the number of prisoners lodged there is beyond the capacity, which is an eye-opener for the international community and rights groups fighting for prisoner’s rights”.
“In Central Jail Srinagar, according to the report, 396 prisoners are lodged against the total capacity of 364 while as there are 182 prisoners lodged in District jail Rajouri against the total capacity of 140,” he said.
“The report on prisoners has taken a lid of the fact that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various jails within and outside the state are ill-treated and denied necessary facilities including the basic medical aid guaranteed by the jail manual,” the spokesperson said. “The fact remains that majority of prisoners are denied fair trial with the result their detention gets prolonged.”
“The plight of Kashmiri prisoners is worst in most of jails within the state and also outside as they have been lodged with the dreaded criminals in small cells which poses a great threat to their lives,” the spokesperson said.