Islamabad: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have expressed serious concern over thrashing of prisoners in Tihar jail and said that this inhuman act has put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners at risk.
The JRL on Tuesday expressed serious concern over plight of hundreds of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail and other jails within and outside Jammu and Kashmir. The jail authorities, they said, are “badly treating” Kashmiri prisoners “in complete violation of the jail manual.”
The leadership appealed to international organisations including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Asia Watch and the Amnesty International to take cognisance of these reports and help ensure safety and security of prisoners as well as suitable medical treatment to those injured in the recent thrashing incident.
Referring to a Supreme Court ruling, the joint leadership demanded shifting of prisoners for “being subjected to vengeance.”
“Despite sufficient accommodation in local jails, they are shifted to outside jails and as such their families face immense difficulties to meet them,” they said.
“The government even ignores the Supreme Court ruling regarding prisoners wherein it has clearly directed state authorities to lodge detainees in their home cities,” they said.
“The thrashing incident in Tihar jail is as an extremely inhuman and immoral act,” the leaders said, and blamed authorities for their “bigoted mindset.” “These cowardice attacks are being carried on their directions.”
The leaders condemned thrashing of Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of Syed Salahuddin, in high-security ward of Tihar jail, saying “on the behest of jail authorities, the criminals are attacking and taking extreme steps against Kashmiri detainees.”
“These criminals have admitted that they are carrying out the orders of jail administration and attacked and injured the Kashmiri prisoners,” the leadership said.
“The attack on Syed Shahid Yusuf and other prisoners was carried out by the jail administration. 18 accused were injured by the Tamil Nadu police, deputed in Tihar jail.”
“Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Ahtisham, Shazad Ahmad, Muhammad Subhan, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Aslam Wani and Dr Waseem are lodged in same ward,” the leadership said.