Geelani voices concern over plight of Kashmiri political prisoners

Geelani voices concern over plight of Kashmiri political prisoners
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Slams 37th PSA on Masart Alam

Srinagar: The Hurriyat (M) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesdayexpressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners, saying “they are denied every right guaranteed in the national or international jail manual”.

“The revengeful attitude of New Delhi has crossed every limit of heartlessness and insensitivity. They wilfully prolong their stay in jails through their judicial victimisation,” Geelani said in a statement.

The Hurriyat chairman stated that “slow and humiliating judicial process has ruined the life of so many young innocents, citing the examples of Tariq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Iqbal Jan, Samiullah Sheikh and others who were declared innocent after a long period of more than a decade.”

“…even the Muslims of India are not speared,” Geelani said, adding: “and the champions of Hindutwa and the judicial legends in the shape of High Court and Supreme Court take more than 30 years to identify and punish the culprits in uniform who killed 42 Muslims in broad-day-light in presence of masses, putting a big question mark on the competence and efficiency of the judicial system of the so-called world’s largest democracy.”

The pro-freedom leader said that ghost of NIA is threatening every Kashmiri and “this much hyped investigative institution has dug so low to pave its worse in every trivial issue without any documentary proof”.

He said that those arrested on “fictitious” cases are yet to be augmented with the documentary evidence of their “crimes”.

“The leaders like Shabir Ahamad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen continues to bear the brunt of this victimisation for more than a year now,” Geelani said.

“For the last 9 years Dr. G. M. Bhat is languishing in Tihar jail, and the list of fake witnesses (240), out of which only 33 have surfaced in these 9 years and if the judicial pace is same, it may need another 50 years for judicial pears to testify his charges,” he added.

Extending his gratitude and tributes to the unwavering commitment and resolve displayed by the young Hurriyat leaders – Masrat Aalam Bhat and Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, the Hurriyat chairman regretted the denial of justice to the “prisoners of conscience” belonging to the resistance movement of Kashmir.

Slapping 37th Public Safety Act (PSA) on Masrat Aalam Bhat and about a dozen PSA’s on Mohammad Yousuf Falahi “has created a history of noncompliance of the judicial orders,” Geelani said.

The Hurriyat chairman while quoting the CRPC section 436-A, said that where a person has, during the period of investigation, inquiry or trial under this section of an offence under any law undergone detention for a period extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law, he shall be released by the court on his personal bond with or without sureties.