Voicing his serious concern over the authorities' move to shift Kashmiri prisoners to Jammu, the vice president of Democratic Freedom Party and former convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Pak chapter) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has termed it as a "deliberate attempt to penalize them further."
"Shifting political prisoners and lifers from Srinagar central jail to outside jails reflects government authorities' bias and prejudice against Kashmiris", Saghar said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
"The move is a pressure tactic aimed at inflicting miseries to pro-freedom activist and their families. Indian authorities were using all its oppressive measures to suppress the voice of dissent in Kashmir," he said.
Referring to incidents of thrashing of Kashmiri inmates in Tihar jail, Saghar said that "notwithstanding the constant threats meted out to Kashmiri prisoners the Indian authorities seem hell bent on to shift political prisoners from central jail Srinagar to Jammu. This tantamount to putting their lives at serious risk.
"The notorious Kotbalwal, Kathua and Tihar Jails have become death traps for Kashmiris", he said adding that "ruthless thrashing of Kashmiri prisoner by jail authorities and life threat to the DFP chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah in Tihar jail speak volumes about the vulnerable situation Kashmiri prisoners were going through."
Terming it as a "deliberate attempt to play with the lives of Kashmiris," the DFP leader said, "It is a clear manifestation of Indian authorities' deep-rooted bias and prejudice against Kashmiris",
Voicing his concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails outside the state he said that the international human rights organizations must come forward and pressurize the government of India to ensure safety and security of Shabir Ahmed Shah and all other political prisoners.