SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference has expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri and non-local prisoners languishing in Central Jail Srinagar who according to media reports are being denied basic medical aid and not produced before courts on due dates.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement termed the move as “sheer political vendetta” and urged the world bodies fighting for prisoners’ rights to visit the prisons in Jammu and Kashmir and outside state to take a firsthand account of the “ill-treatment” meted out to Kashmiri prisoners.
The spokesperson also termed New Delhi’s decision of barring the entry of foreign journalists to “restricted” areas including Kashmir as “another oppressive step aimed at hiding the exact ground realities and the ultimate oppression unleashed by lakhs of Indian forces, before the world community”.
The move, the spokesperson said, is aimed to keeping the world community in dark about the people’s sentiment, aspirations and the “genuine” struggle in Kashmir.
“The move to keep the entry of foreign journalist into the Kashmir subject to the clearance of security agencies amounts to censorship and the step is highly dictatorial in nature,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, the amalgam paid tributes to three armed youth killed in an encounter at Khudwani Kulgam, saying that instead of resolving the vexed Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of its people, New Delhi is banking on its military might to suppress the popular sentiment.
The conglomerate also expressed condolence over the demise of Muhammad Shafi Shah, uncle of incarcerated resistance leader Shabir Ahmed Shah, who is languishing in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
The spokesperson expressed shock over death of two brothers of Umar Colony, Lal Bazar, who drowned in Harwan reservoir (Sarbandh) while taking a bath. He prayed for patience to the bereaved family.