Srinagar, The Chairman of JKLF (H) and Hurriyat (M) leader Javaid Ahmad Mir in a statement today demanded immediate return of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in outside state jails to the jails in valley. Mir expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiris prisoners languishing in different jails at Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jharkhand, Tihar Jail Delhi, over the past 14/22 years. He also appealed to the World Red Cross Society , Amnesty International, European Human Rights Groups to use their good offices for redeeming the sufferings of these prisoners so that while in jail they live a normal life like other prisoners without being harshly treated and discriminated against.
Mir said that political prisoners are not differentiated from criminals in the jails. “It was under instructions from the authorities to harass the political prisoners. He said that within the 45 degree temperature outside the various Jails of J&K including Jodpur, Jaipur, Tihar Jail Delhi, Jharkhand, Jammu, Kathua and Udhampur are facing the worst of its kind treatment to the political prisoners,” Statement said.
Kashmiri political leaders those who are languishing in different jails in India including Mohammad Sidiq Ganai, Abdul Gani Goni, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar Muhammad Latief Wajja, Muhammad Hussain Fazili, Sajid Bukhari, Mohammad Rafiq Shah, Mohammad Shafi Shah and others,” Statement said.
Mir also said that legal assistance to political prisoners was not allowed and are subjected to human rights violations and many of them are facing rigorous imprisonment.
He alleged that the detanues face mental and physical torture from the moment they enter a detention centre, inside as well outside the state. Kashmiri prisoners are kept in high security wards and they have no facility of radio or newspaper available to them. They had the canteen facility available to them but that facility has been taken away by the jail authorities.
Mir further stated that the jail authorities enjoy unfettered powers in the jail and there are no checks on them. He urged the concerned authorities to shift all those languishing in outside jails to various detention centres in the Kashmir Valley.
He alleged that no proper treatment is given to the political prisoners and many of them were languishing in various jails outside the valley and the state.
“Those jailed include over 500 political leaders and workers, with many of them having been under detention under life imprisonment for 6 to 22 years including Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Masrat Alam Bhat, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Mohammad Shafi Sheryati, , Muzzafar Ahmad Dar and many others.