SRINAGAR: Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie on Monday expressed concern over the deteriorating health and “illegal” detention of pro-freedom leadership and activists.
In a statement, Sehraie also expressed anguish over the silence maintained by the international (rights) organisations not taking any serious note of the prevailing “inhuman, ill-treatment and lawlessness” in Kashmir.
He said even after a passage of more than a year, NIA has failed to prove anything against incarcerated leaders languishing in Tihar jail, yet they continue to face “illegal” confinement. “This is nothing (but) a political vendetta,” he said.
The Hurriyat leader demanded immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Asiya Indrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Aslam Wani, prominent businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf and Syed Shakeel Ahmad.
He said these leaders have been fabricated in “fictitious charges” as the government is using NIA to malign people’s movement and leadership in Kashmir to mislead the international community and masses.
Sehraie said the detainees in Tihar jail are subjected to political vengeance and they have committed no offence other than demanding the basic birth right.
He appealed to Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international organisations for human rights to take cognisance of the plight of these detainees and use influence for their release.
“Instead producing (the prisoners) before court (and) submitting the charge sheet against them, their judicial remand (is) deliberately extended, which is against the principles of justice and humanity,” the pro-freedom leader said. “They (detainees) have not been allowed to put forth their argument in defence which is a brazen plot to prolong their illegal and unjustified detention.”
Meanwhile, Sehraie expressed grave concern over the worsening health condition of the incarcerated Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Haji Bashir Ahmad Sofi of Baramulla saying he has been languishing in jail since 2016 despite suffering from several ailments.
Haji Bashir Ahmad Sofi is a heart patient and he must be provided complete medical assistance and we demand his immediate release, Sehraie said.