Srinagar: CPI (M) senior leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday said the government should reconsider its decision of shifting prisoners from valley jails to outside state jails.
“There are reports that dozens of detainees are being shifted to outside jails,” Tarigami said in a statement. “There are reports where persons have been detained multiple times under the Public Safety Act (PSA) even after courts released them. We had brought a bill in the Assembly to amend the PSA and remove harsher clauses in it. But the government didn’t allow it to happen,” he said.
He said that there are complaints of harassment of people by forces especially south Kashmir. “Trust cannot be built by using of indiscriminate use of force and draconian laws against people. We reject the repression and want peace to prevail in valley and not the silence of graveyard,” he added.
Tarigami also said that such acts taken in haste are bound to increase alienation among Kashmiris especially that of its younger generation, and leadership of the country must revisit its Kashmir policy and the focus must be reduction in alienation among people. “There is already considerable trust deficit between the state and rest of the country, which we hope would be realized,” he said.
Political leadership needs to have a political approach to solve the long pending political problem of the state, he said.