Central jail inmates go on hunger strike, demand FIR withdrawal

Central jail inmates go on hunger strike, demand FIR withdrawal
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Srinagar: Inmates of Central Jail here have gone on a hunger strike from Monday pressing for withdrawal of FIR against them in connection with recent clash at the jail besides other demands, local news agency GNS reported.
Quoting unnamed officials GNS reported that inmates started the hunger strike at 8:15 am on Monday, demanding transfer of jail superintendent, withdrawal of FIR related to April 5/6 clash at the jail, and that the inmates not be shifted to jails outside Kashmir.
Earlier, a report issued by the Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar after a jail visit said that inmates have demanded that they be provided newspapers and periodicals and allowed to read books including Holy Quran.
After interaction with the inmates, a five-member team of lawyers from the Bar Association submitted a report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar. The report quoting inmates said that the fire attributed to the inmates “actually happened due to firing of teargas shells by police and paramilitary CRPF called to quell the protests inside the jail after inmates protested against alleged desecration of Holy Quran”.
The inmates, as per the report, are not allowed to meet visitors or relatives and are not being provided newspapers or access to any media like TV or Radio.
“The Bar members found that after the incident, there has been a communication breakdown between the inmates and the jail administration.”
The Bar team found that the inmates feel that a conspiracy has been hatched against them and the state has adopted a hostile attitude towards them for their “political ideology and thought.”
“They feel that they will not be allowed any opportunity of proving their innocence before any enquiry officer which may be ordered in the matter or in the court of law. They feel that they may be shifted to some jail outside the State so as to prolong their trial and detention in jail. They have demanded that the whole incident should be got enquired into by the High Court and the enquiry should be supervised by a sitting judge of the court.”
The Bar team had said that inmates also demanded that the FIR registered against them by the jail authorities “being an attempt to victimize them” should not be allowed to be investigated until the enquiry is gets completed by the High Court.”