Sehrai voices concern over deteriorating health of political prisoners

Sehrai voices concern over deteriorating health of political prisoners

Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Tuesday expressed concern over deteriorating health of Kashmiri political prisoners.
In his statement, Sehrai said: “Political prisoners are entitled to rights and civilized behavior from jail authorities, but they are subjected to inhuman treatment.”
“The pro-freedom leaders and activists Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Mohammad Amin Ahanger, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, Nazir Ahmed Mantoo, Javed Ahmed, Mohd Hussain Wagay, Ghulam Mohammad Misgar, Nasir Abdullah, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Abdul Ahad Teli, Abdul Ahad Mir, Danish Mushtaq, Mohd Yaseen Tantray, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Abdul Lateef Dar, Mushtaq Hurra and others who have been languishing in various jails within and outside the valley are facing tremendous hardships due to which their health has deteriorated. Even the prescribed jail manuals has not been fallowed and no proper medical facilities are available to them,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader alleged that “he jail authorities have made the life of Kashmiri prisoners miserable”.
“The behavior of the jail authorities is always aggressive towards them and even basic facilities are denied to them. The jail authorities are not only violating the international covenants, but also the fundamental and constitutional rights of these prisoners,” he said.
He said that New Delhi themselves tarnish the image and stature of its own so called largest democracy by not respecting the international prisoners’ rights, and “these tactics will not deter Kashmiris in anyway”.
“It is unfortunate that despite frequent appeals that none of rights organizations have visited jails in J&K and across India where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged in dismal and in pathetic conditions. The health condition of these prisoners has deteriorated owing to prolonged detention which is extremely inhumane and illegal,” he added.
Sehrai urged the world bodies and international organisations fighting for the prisoners’ justice to visit the jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged and to build pressure on New Delhi to release the inmates who have are facing no offence other than the demand for their legitimate political rights.
He also slammed “arrest spree” in various places of Kashmir.