Bar releases report about prisoners in Jammu jails

Bar releases report about prisoners in Jammu jails

The report states the Bar team met the jail inmates and tried to ascertain as to what kind of facilities of food, clothing, medical aid, hygiene, sanitation and legal aid were available to them.

J&K High Court Bar Association today released the report pertaining to the condition of prisoners lodged in several jails in Jammu region.

In pursuance of the orders of High Court, a six member Bar team comprising Advocate Aijaz Bedar, Bar vice president; Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, Bar secretary; Advocate Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, Bar joint secretary; Advocate Rafiq Ahmad Joo; Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar and Advocate Abdul Hamid Dar visited Central Jail Kot Bhalwal, District Jail Kathua, sub-Jail Hira Nagar, District Jail Amphalla, District Jail Udhampur of Jammu region.

 

The report states the Bar team met the jail inmates and tried to ascertain as to what kind of facilities of food, clothing, medical aid, hygiene, sanitation and legal aid were available to them.

 

“The team visited Kot Bhalwal jail on January 9, where it met two non locals identified as Qurban Ali of Per Ali Shah, Sind Pakistan and Zaffar Iqbal of Tralkhal Tangilla district Palendri, Pakistan held Kashmir.

 

Qurban Ali was acquitted in one case and in another case he was given three years imprisonment. He wants his case be transferred to any other court or some direction from Hon’ble High Court for quick disposal. He was arrested in 2006 and lodged in various jails and interrogation centres since then,” the report reads.

 

 “Zaffar Iqbal stated that he was arrested in 2007 and is facing trial u/s 307, 121, 120B RPC 7/25 A Act before the Sessions Court Janipur. In the said case there are also some co-accused and among them one was discharged by the court at the charge stage.

 

Other accused are locals and one of them preferred a Revision Petition before the Hon’ble High Court which is not deciding the said revision since long and trial of the accused/undertrial is getting delayed despite direction of Hon’ble Supreme Court that cases of the foreigners be disposed of in one year,” it adds.

 

According to Bar report, in the same jail two more foreign detenues (militancy related) namely Ghulam Nabi of Putwal Sialkot Pakistan and Asif Khan of Chaher Bazar Rawalakote Pakistan held Kashmir are lodged.

 

“Ghulam Nabi was arrested in 1995 and lodged in District Jail Amphalla Jammu and in 2009 was shifted to central jail Kot Bhalwal. He was acquitted by TADA Court Jammu in one case and in the other, sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment, which has expired.

 

Presently, he is detained under PSA. In 2010, he received deportation order but unfortunately CBI people raised objection with the prayer that they have preferred appeal before Hon’ble Supreme Court against one of his acquittal orders passed by the TADA Court. He once received the notice from Hon’ble Supreme Court but does not know whether the said appeal is still pending or not. He has sent application to legal aid of Hon’ble Supreme Court for engaging a counsel, but does not know about the same. His PSA has expired on 19.01.2015,” Bar report says.

 

“Another detenue Asif Khan was arrested in 2004 and lodged in various jails and interrogation centres including Tihar jail. In some cases he has been acquitted and in other cases he was sentenced imprisonment and the period of imprisonment already stands expired.

 

Presently he is lodged under PSA. On his behalf Advocate Shafaqat Hussain has obtained an order for his deportation to his native place from the Hon’ble High Court but nothing has been done till now. He has no contact with his home people. He wants to be shifted to central jail Srinagar,” the report reads.

 

“In the Central Jail Kot Bhalwal there are also five foreign national convicted prisoners (militancy related) namely Khalid Parvaiz of Tehsil Shakargarh district Narowal Sialkot Pakistan; Muhammad Nayeem Anwar Bhat of Lahore Pakistan; Muhammad Imran of SDBN Dera Nawab Khan Bhawalpora Pakistan; Muhammad Abdullah of Serian Sarhad PaK and Ghulam Fareed of village Ropai, PaK,” the report further says.