SRINAGAR: At least 30 Kashmiri prisoners including the Ameer-e-Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) J&K Dr Hameed Fayaz and Jamiat Ahle Hadith (JAH) vice president Moulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri have been shifted from Kot Bhalwal jail Jammu to Haryana jail, KNO reported on Wednesday.
The development was first leaked on social media by the son of Ameer-e-Jamaat.
The news agency quoted top officials in the state’s prisons department as saying that apart from Dr Hameed Fayaz and JAH vice president, 28 other Kashmiris have been shifted to Haryana jail, majority of them being JeI activists and religious leaders who were earlier booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
“Some prisoners have been shifted from Jammu prison and it was a routine exercise. I don’t remember the number but yes, some have been shifted to outside jails,” it quoted a top official as saying.
Meanwhile, the families of these prisoners have termed the move as against the Geneva Convention and the high court ruling that stresses on lodging prisoners closer to their home.
“There are clear cut directions that a prisoner has to be lodged in a jail closer to his home. But in J&K, these rules are being thrown out of the window. Even there is a Supreme Court guideline that prisoners be kept in jails in their home districts,” said a family member, whose close relative has been shifted to Haryana prison.