5 Kashmiri youth lodged in Jaipur jail since 1996: KBA

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The Kashmir Bar Association (KBA)has said that it will take up the cases of five Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Jaipur jail before the Rajasthan High Court.

In its jail visit report released Friday, the Kashmir Bar Association has said that the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails in the country are not treated fairly and justice is not being meted out to them, in accordance with the law.

Mian Abdul Qayoom, the president of Bar Association while referring to the five Kashmiri prisoners Farooq Ahmad Khan resident of Anantnag, Abdul Gani Gooni resident of Bhaderwah/Doda, Lateef Ahmad Waza resident of Srinagar, Ali Mohammad Bhat resident of Srinagar and MirzaNisar Hussain a resident of Srinagar lodged in Central Jail Jaipur, Qayoom has said that they have fallen prey to ‘brutal and barbaric tactics’ of the police and despite their best efforts to persuade the courts to remedy the wrongs the courts have not come to their rescue.

The Bar president has said that though the aforesaid five Kashmiri prisoners have not complained much about food and other amenities to which they are entitled to under jail manual, but the Bar team could gather from the discussion held with them that they are given barely two cups of tea in the morning and evening and a few chapattis at 10:00 a.m. in the morning and 4:00 p.m. in the evening, with a small quantity of Dal.

The jail report says all of the five prisoners had been arrested in 1996 at different places inside the State, but were later brought to Jaipur and booked in FIR No. 148/96 u/s 302/307 IPC and 4/5 Explosive Act of Police Station Mohwa, Rajasthan, registered on 22.05.1996 in connection with bomb blast which occurred in a bus at Samlate, which was on its way from Agra to Jaipur.

The Bar president has said that the five Kashmiri jail inmates are not allowed any non-veg food inside or outside the jail and for years together, they have not even been provided with an egg. “The Bar Association has, accordingly, decided to take up the matter before J&K High Court and Rajasthan High Court and if necessary before the Supreme Court as well.”

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