Hurriyat Conference (M) has hit out at the "ruling regime" and its forces for what it said "their inhuman and vengeful attitude towards the youth and children arrested arbitrarily during the current agitation and lodged in various jails across Kashmir."
"A legal team of the amalgam headed by Advocate Ajaz Dar including Aamir Masoodi, Showkat Dar and Mudasir Dar who have been visiting various jails across Kashmir said that government has deliberately put prisoners belonging to one district in jails in another district in order to harass them and their families and inconvenience travel and meeting them as much as possible," Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said in a statement.
"During their visit to sub jail Baramulla where many inmates were on a hunger strike after they were attacked and ruthless beating by the police inside the prison some days back, for demanding medical help for a seriously ill prisoner. The prisoners accused that in their rage the police personnel burnt and destroyed their belonging clothes bedding shoes etc and were punishing them further by refusing to provide any heating arrangement against the biting cold in prison. The team said that inmates in all jails they visited accused the authorities of persecuting them in every way possible and refusing to provide basic facilities like heating, blankets and adequate bedding to them," the statement said.
"While Kashmiris know that that the ruling regime treats them as an enemy for demanding their political right and illegally and arbitrarily detains them in jails and detention centres but as per human and legal norms it is mandatory upon the government to provide these political prisoners basic human facilities and not mistreat abuse and punish them in prisons," he said.
"However much the ruling regime and their masters might try to inflict pain and suffering upon the people of Kashmir, let them be clear that people of Kashmir are determined and adamant on achieving their right to decide their destiny and be their own masters," it added.
"We denounce the continuous house arrest of its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and APHC Media Adviser, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam who was hospitalised as his health has deteriorated considerably due to his continued house arrest and the failure of authorities in providing him medical treatment. This is sheer political vendetta," the spokesperson said.
"Shahid was suffering pain in various parts of the body. The police deployed at his Sanat Nagar residence who are deployed to keep him under house arrest, shifted him to nearby private hospital," said his family members.
"Doctors have advised him to visit SKIMS Soura for advanced treatment. However, authorities have denied him permission to visit that hospital," they said adding his health condition is deteriorating.
"For sabotaging the programmes of unified resistance leaders, the ruling class was using brutal and oppressive tactics and had unleashed a reign of terror on peaceful protestors in Sopore, Zaingeer, Gulshan Chowk, Papachan and Aloosa Bandipora, which was the worst example of state terrorism," the spokesperson added.