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Shifting prisoners a political vendetta: JRL holds protest

Srinagar, On the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, a peaceful sit-in protest was held on Tuesday outside historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

Several resistance leaders and activists besides the kith and kin of political prisoners lodged in different jails outside the Valley participated in the sit-in.

A statement issued to GNS said the participants were carrying placards and banners and were led by Muhammad Yasin Malik while as Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the gathering via telephone.

The JRL leaders while addressing the gathering on the occasion expressed serious concern over the plight of the prisoners lodged in different jails. They said even the court orders with regard to prisoners are completely disregarded as prisoners are suffering immense problems including mental and physical torture.

“It was ironical to see Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Central Jail Srinagar shifted to various prisons outside the Valley and termed the move as highly autocratic and condemnable in all means. The move to shift Kashmiri prisoners is a political vendetta aimed at adding more to the worries of the family members of inmates,” they said.

The JRL said the move to shift the prisoners from Kashmir is in a brazen violation of the Supreme Court of India guidelines which state that prisoners should be shifted to jails closer to their homes.

“The way Kashmiri prisoners are bearing the brunt of State’s onslaught in the form of mental and physical harassment, they deserve a big applaud and salute for their bravery and courage. The entire Kashmiri nation is highly indebted to the courage of all the prisoners,” JRL said.

“While trying to hide its weakness in wake of escape by Naveed from the police custody, the government and its forces are venting their anger and frustration on the innocent inmates, which is highly deplorable. The incident instead of being probed has triggered a frustration among the ranks and files of the ruling regime and its forces,” they said.

“The Kashmiri prisoners, who are being shifted to other prisons, are facing trials in various courts of Srinagar and it seems a move to delay their trial also,” the JRL said, adding, “It is quite evident from the fact that the Kashmir prisoners lodged in various prisons outside the State are already facing a huge delay in trial thereby their period has prolonged in their respective prisons. On one hand, these prisoners are deprived of the basic facilities guaranteed by the Geneva Convention and on the other hand, they are not being produced in the respective courts for trial.”

The leadership said the prisoners lodged in Tihar jail, Kathua, Hiranagar, Central Jail Srinagar, Kotbalwal Jail and other prisons are showing exemplary courage which deserves a salute and stated that all the prisoners should be released without any pre-condition and further delay.

The leadership urged the world international bodies including Amnesty International, ICRC, Asia Watch and other forums to play their part to ensure the immediate release of Kashmir’s political prisoners, who are facing endless problems in various prisons across India. (GNS)

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