SHRC directs DG prisons to facilitate central jail inspection

SHRC directs DG prisons to facilitate central jail inspection
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Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed Director General of Prisons (DG), J&K to issue necessary instructions to the Jail Superintendent, Central Jail Srinagar to facilitate and extend full cooperation to the member of SHRC for the purpose of inspection.
The commission also directed DG Prisons to further pass instructions to Jail Superintendent, Central Jail Srinagar to keep detailed records of detenues / under trials convictees (both local and non-local) available as the Member of SHRC, Abdul Hamid Wani would be visiting the Central Jail Srinagar Tuesday.
The SHRC chairperson Justice (Rtd.) Bilal Nazki while hearing a petition filed by Human Rights Activist Ahsan Untoo, directed the Principal Secretary Home Department that the matter be treated very urgent about the visit of SHRC team to Central Jail Srinagar on Tuesday.
Nazki ordered that SHRC member Abdul Hamid Wani along with SSP SHRC to visit the Central jail and submit the detailed report before the commission.
The fresh petition was filed before commission Monday seeking attention towards the issue that inmates in the Central Jail Srinagar have gone on an indefinite hunger strike protesting undue shifting of some inmates to jails in Jammu, poor food quality, denial of medical aid and delay in their trials.
The petition pointing to some media reports states that family members of many inmates in Central Jail Srinagar had alleged that prison conditions have significantly worsened since the dramatic escape of top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jatt on February 6 this year. The petition pleaded that SHRC team be deputed to visit the jail and further necessary action may be taken into this regard.