SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday slammed the state government for “constantly violating” the rights of prisoners in various jails, and appealed authorities to “reconsider the shifting of around ten detunes from Anantnag sub-jail to unknown destinations”.
In a statement issued here, Rasheed said, “There can be nothing condemnable than the fact that the detunes including Pirzada Mohammad Ashraf resident of Batagund Verinag, Bilal Ahmad, Khursheed Ahmad Ganaie resident of Dialgam, Zahoor Ahmad, Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie resident of Brenthi, Abrar Ahmad Dar and few others were bundled in police vehicles from Anantnag sub-jail today for shifting them to unknown destinations outside Kashmir but the family members and general masses resisted the move and forced jail authorities to take them back to the barraks.”
“While Pirzada Mohammad Ashraf is in the jail for the last 13 years, Abrar Ahmad Dar, a youth from Chowgam Qazigund is a cancer patient and his brother Shakoor Dar was also martyred six months back,” he said.
The MLA Langate said government must answer to the public if it is scared of detunes inside jails how can it claim to have any respect towards the rights of Kashmiris.
“The fact is that under a well-crafted policy Kashmiri prisoners, who are not criminals but fighting for the political birth right of Kashmiris, are being humiliated and tortured only for the reason that New Delhi wants to break the will of Kashmiris and subjects the detunes and their families to the worst kind of mental trauma besides making them financially bankrupt,” he said.
The independent MLA reminded prime minister Narendra Modi of his “tall promises” of respecting the Kashmiris’ right to live with dignity, saying Modi’s words are losing credibility and there seems to be a huge gap between what he says and what is being implemented on the ground.
Er Rasheed appealed the concerned authorities to reconsider the shifting of prisoners from Anantnag sub-jail and also condemned the fresh arrests of pro-resistance leaders.