‘Ill treatment of Kashmiri prisoners a cause of worry’

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SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in various prisons including Tihar, Kathua, Udhampur, Kot Bhalwal and Central Jail Srinagar saying the “ill treatment” meted out to inmates stands as an eye-opener for the world community especially international organisations fighting for prisoners’ rights.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement issued here said that in Tihar Jail, Delhi, prisoners including resistance leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Ahmed Fantosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj ud din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, businessman Zahoor Watali and female leaders Asiya Andrabi, her two aides Fehmeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are facing enormous hardships, “which is a great cause of worry”.
“All the resistance leadership arrested by the NIA last year were farmed under fake cases and they have been kept under illegal custody since then as the agency has failed to prove their involvement in any crime other than standing for their political rights,” he said.
The spokesperson added, “It may be recalled that on September 13, the two bench judge of High Court that include Justice S Murlidhar and Justice Venu Goyal had stated that NIA had no concrete evidence against the involvement of resistance leaders in any of the criminal activities. The bench had cleared that in absence of any evidence against the resistance leaders arrested by the NIA, trial can be run against them under section 120, 121 of IPC (waging criminal conspiracy).”
Meanwhile, the amalgam has paid tributes to six armed youth killed in Aripal, Tral, Tangdhar, and Kupwara encounters saying “these sacrifices are great assets for Kashmiri people who are committed to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end”.