SHRC issues notice to home secretary on JKLF chief’s detention

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The state human rights commission on Wednesday issued a notice to state's home secretary after hearing a petition seeking relocation of JKLF chief Yasin Malik from Jammu's Kot Balwal jail to a prison in Srinagar.

Thepetition was filed by rights activist Ahsan Untoo who stated before thecommission that that Malik was arrested in a "false case" and detained underPublic Safety Act at Kot Balawal Central Jail in Jammu "in violation of therules".

"…(Malik)was arrested by the concerned police station and was lodged at Kothi Baghpolice station. While in custody and in his (Malik's) absence NIA team raidedhis house….," Untoo's petition reads.

Italso stated that the government instead of releasing Malik who was arrested in"false case" detained him under PSA and shifted to Kot Balwal.

Malikis suffering from various ailments and needs specialised medical treatmentregularly.

"(Authorities)are well aware about the health problems of the detenue (Malik). Even thenshifted him to jail in Jammu, wherein as per reports he was kept in confinementcell and was not allowed to interact with other jail inmates," the petitioncontends.

Thepetitioner also stated in his petition that Malik is a well known personalitypleading his political cause through peaceful means.

"Itis …law of land that whenever any person is detained under preventivedetention, the person shall be kept in jail which his near to his/her house andin the environment favorable to the detenue. Despite Supreme Court guidelines,the respondents (authorities) violated all the laws and shifted the detenue(Malik) from Srinagar to Jammu which is grave human rights violation."

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