SRINAGAR: Muslim League Jammu Kashmir has strongly condemned the shifting of several Kashmiri political prisoners to far off jails.
A spokesperson of ML in a statement also condemned the shifting of Muslim League district president Bandipora Assadullah Parray, Abdul Qayoom Tantray, Ab Majeed Bhat from Baramulla jail to Kot Bhalwal jail terming it an attempt to prolong their “illegal” detention and “worst demonstration of political vendetta”.
The spokesperson also expressed deep anguish and concern over the “worsening” health condition of prisoners, saying “they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails”.
Delhi has started shifting the Kashmiri prisoners from state jails to different Indian jails which is undoubtedly a cause of concern for hundreds of the relatives of the prisoners, he said. He said the Supreme Court had long back directed to lodge the prisoners in nearer jails so that their kith and kin can meet them without any trouble.
“But it seems that New Delhi and the local administration has decided not to entertain any court directions and go with their will. The shifting of many political prisoners to outside jails has created worries among the families of the prisoners already concerned about the falling health of their dear ones who are behind bars since long,” he said.
He urged the human rights bodies especially those working for the prisoners to take cognisance of this and pressurise India for the release of all the detainees languishing in different jails.