Amendment in PSA reflects prejudice against prisoners: Geelani

Amendment in PSA reflects prejudice against prisoners: Geelani
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said the State Administrative Council (SAC) proposal to delete a provision in the PSA that barred state authorities from lodging J&K residents in outside state jails reflects the authorities’ prejudice against prisoners.
In a statement, Geelani slammed authorities for their “rude and heartless” approach against detainees, who he said are needlessly harassed and intimidated on one pretext or the other.
He also cautioned people about “future detrimental proposals of New Delhi and their puppets” and called for jointly fighting against this “lawlessness”.
Hurriyat chairman said authorities are even denying the directives of the Supreme Court of India which says that a prisoner should be kept in the jail nearest to the place of his residence.
“The families and even their kids are badly suffering as the detainees are lodged in outside state jails and despite court rulings, hundreds of those detained were unnecessarily shifted, thus facing adverse situations and scorning and harsh temperatures,” he said.
Geelani said India claims to be the largest democracy in the world, however “all its claims are proving hollow”. “They follow their bigoted dogma and their approach is quite barbaric and haughty,” he said.
He termed it heart-wrenching that several “innocents” were detained for long periods against “frivolous” charges. “During their detention they were even denied bail, though later court(s) acquitted them and declared (them) innocents,” he said.
Geelani expressed anguish over the deteriorating condition of detainees, saying the treatment meted out to them is agonising and is nowhere existing in the civilised societies.
He appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international human rights organisations to take cognisance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release.