Authorities deliberately disrupt situation in Kashmir: Geelani

Demands release of political detainees

Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 25 2017 12:20AM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2017 12:20AM
Authorities deliberately disrupt situation in Kashmir: GeelaniFile Photo

Demanding release of incarcerated pro-freedom leaders and activists, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today said, “hundreds of innocent youth detained under frivolous cases are languishing in jails and police stations across the valley and most of them are detained under infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).”

“Denying political space, choking genuine voices and continuous crackdown against pro- freedom leaders and activists are deliberate acts to disrupt situation and create uncertainty in state,” Geelani, in a statement today, said.

“Masarat Aalam Bhat, Ameer Hamza Shah, Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf, Muhammad Yusuf Lone, Abdul Gani Bhat, Muhammad Rustum Bhat, Meer Hafez Ullah, Muhammad Yusuf Falahi, Muhamad Shaban Dar, Abdul Majid Rather, Raies Ahmad Mir, Molana Sarjan Barkat besides hundreds other detainees arrested during people’s uprising are lodged in different jails and interrogation centers,” Geelani said. 

“Detainees lodged in different JK jails are living miserable life. They are subjected to vengeance and are harassed on one pretext or the other. We are receiving disturbing reports from different jails. Jail officials in Jammu, Kathua and Udhampur are very harsh towards prisoners. Mostly the detainees are kept in lock up in their jail barracks. Criminals lodged in these jails are continuously targeting these detainees,” he said. 

“The detainees are provided substandard food items and no proper medical facility is provided to ailing prisoners. Jail authorities are creating hurdles during the meeting between prisoners and their families and these meetings are often denied,” 

“Since the inception of coalition regime, a KGB like setup has evolved. Political activities are banned and even restrictions against religious obligations are in force. Similarly political leaders and activists are detained or are kept under house arrest. They are choking political space thereby pushing people to wall,” Geelani said, appealing to the International Red Cross and Amnesty international to take note of pathetic condition of political detainees and impress upon India to shun its ‘callous attitude’ towards detainees and provide them with basic necessities as per jail manual.