HCBA censures Muzaffar Beig

J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA), at a meeting of its executive committee members, took a strong exception to senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig’s remarks on the hunger strike by the prisoners of Baramulla jail and against resistance camp, terming these as “absurd.
HCBA censures Muzaffar Beig

J&K High Court Bar Association (HCBA), at a meeting of its executive committee members, took a strong exception to senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig's remarks on the hunger strike by the prisoners of Baramulla jail and against resistance camp, terming these as "absurd."

"On hearing that the Baramulla jail inmates have gone of hunger strike, a five member team of HCBA visited the jail on November 4, after obtaining orders from Sessions Judge Baramulla and found that on November 1. One inmate Abdul Lateef Kaloo lodged in barrack No. 7 of the jail had developed severe chest pain. The jail inmates approached the jail staff, so as to facilitate his taking to the hospital. The jail staffers, however, refused to take him to the hospital, which led to a heating exchange of words. The jail authorities thereafter called SOG police personnel who led by SHO Khalid took control of the jail and entered all the barracks and beat everyone who came in their way. They beat the inmates with iron rods and fired PAVA and Pepper Gas Shells inside the barracks," a spokesman of the Bar, in a statement said quoting executive members as saying at the meeting. 

"They did not even spare Ghulam Mustafa, a 78-year old detainee and beat him ruthlessly causing fracture to his right arm. Another inmate was hit on the head. They destroyed all the belongings of the jail inmates and damaged the books of the jail library including religious books. The list of all those books is with the Bar Association. It was in this context that the inmates had gone on hunger strike, which included even the female detainees. The letter addressed by some of the detainees lodged in Police Station Rajbagh, should be an eye opener for all those who proclaim that those, who are arrested by police and are lodged in police stations, interrogation centres and jails, are not beaten, tortured or humiliated, while in custody," it said. 

"The claim of Muzaffar Hussain Beig that Baramulla jail inmates are enjoying many facilities, including television and heating arrangements, is totally absurd and childish. Firstly, because television sets are provided to all the inmates of all the jails across the State. Baramulla jail is therefore, no exception. Secondly, providing of heating arrangements to the prisoners, is regulated by jail manual and even the Hon'ble High Court in one of the cases has directed providing of such heating arrangement to the jail inmates with the onset of winter. There is therefore, nothing unique, if such facilities are being provided to the inmates of Baramulla jail as well by the jail authorities," the members said.  

"We also want to tell Beig that Narender Modi and Government of India during the past four months have never tried to reach out to the Hurriyat leaders. It is true, that Rajnath Singh, came to Kashmir three times, during this period, but every time before coming to Kashmir, he declared that Government India is not going to talk to Hurriyat leaders and if anyone is ready to talk, he has to do so within the framework of Indian Constitution," he said.  

"When some of the members of All Party Delegation desired to meet the Hurriyat leaders, he at once stated that they have no mandate from Government of India to talk to Hurriyat leaders and if they do so, it shall be in their individual capacity. The PDP's invitation to Hurriyat leaders to meet members of All Party Delegation was not on behalf of the Government of India or on behalf of the government of J&K. It was an invitation from the president of PDP, which like other parties, had also been invited to meet the All Party Delegation. An invitation from one party to another party, can therefore, under no circumstances be equated with the reaching out of Narender Modi or Rajnath Singh to Hurriyat leaders," the members said.  "A few weeks before when Yashwant Sinha, a prominent BJP leader, met Hurriyat leaders, both the Central government and BJP distanced themselves from him," he said. 

"We want to tell Beig that shutdown calls are honored and implemented by one and all and the mandate to issue protest calendar has been given to the leadership by the people, the latest proof of which is the meeting of all the stakeholders held at Hyderpora on November 8. The protest calendar is, therefore, not a joke as suggested by Beig but it has given a jolt to the central as well as the state government as for the last five months it is the writ of the Hurriyat leadership and not of the government which is followed by the people," the members said.

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