Geelani warns against shifting of prisoners outside Kashmir

‘Hurriyat won’t remain silent over unjustified step’

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 20 2018 12:51AM | Updated Date: Feb 20 2018 2:19AM
Geelani warns against shifting of prisoners outside KashmirFile Photo

Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani today warned the government of “serious consequences” if political prisoners, lodged at the Srinagar Central Jail, were shifted to outside Kashmir jails. 

“It is a matter of serious concern that government is planning to shift detainees on large scale from Central Jail Srinagar to Jammu jails,” Geelani, in a statement today, said, warning that “Hurriyat would not remain silent over this unjustified and unnecessary step.”

“Since February 1, at least 23 detainees, including Khursheed Ahmad Lone, Irfan Ahmad Khan, Gowher Ahmad Sheikh, Riyaz Ahmad Mir, Umar Rashid Want, Nisar Ahmad Lone, Mushtaq Ahmad Malla, Meraj-u-Din Nanda, Suhail Ahmad Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Mir, Seerat ul Hassan, Mufti Abdul Ahad and Feroz Ahmad Dar, have been shifted to Kuthwa, Hira Nagarand Udhampur. A list of more detainees has been prepared and they have been asked without any justification to be ready for the shifting,” Geelani said, adding that “the detainees are being shifted primarily due to political vendetta. The main motive behind this move is to subject the detainees to physical and mental agony so that they will relinquish their mission.” 

He said, “The decision to shift detainees is unconstitutional as according to a ruling by Indian Supreme Court, detainees should be lodged in places where their relatives can easily meet them with ease and without much wastage of time.”

Geelani expressed deep anguish and concern over the “miserable plight” of “illegally” detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails, saying that “the inmates are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails. They are deprived of medical treatment. We have reports that youth belonging to Kashmir valley are being targeted and subjected to the worst treatment. The unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking a toll on their health.” 

Condemning the slapping of fifth Public Safety Act (PSA) on Muhammad Assad Ullah Parray, Geelani today termed it as “state terrorism”.  

Geelani appealed to the ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other Human Rights Organizations to come to the ‘rescue’ of these detainees and take notice of this ‘lawlessness’. Geelani asked people to provide every possible support to affected families and those detained during ongoing freedom movement.