#Day50: Kashmir Has A Sub-Jail At Chasma Shahi Since 2008



Mirwaiz Umar Farooq being arrested on way to Eidgah on August 26, 2016.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq being arrested on way to Eidgah on August 26, 2016.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been arrested and lodged at Chasma Shahi jail since late Friday evening.

Mirwaiz Umar is one among the top trio resistance leaders spearheading the on-going mass anti-India uprising. They issue the protest calendars routinely directing people “what to do and when”.

Muhammad Yasin Malik has been already been detained and lodged in central jail. According to his party, JKLF, he is being shifted to New Delhi “on the pretext of health care”.

Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani is ailing and has been restricted to his Hyderpora office-cum-office. Whenever he comes out in protest, he is being whisked away to nearby Police Station at Humhama.

Chasma Shahi is a posh area in the foothills of Zabarwan hills overlooking world famous Dal Lake. It houses modest huts which, of late, had been turned in to government facilities but the current regime got at least 35 of them vacated for tourism reasons.

Sources in government said, “one such hut was turned in to sub-jail in 2008.”

Kashmir is witnessing a third major uprising since 2008.

Mirwaiz was rearrested from his Nigeen residence on Friday evening. Cops returned to his home and got his clothes and other necessary things. He was shifted to Chasma Shahi and lodged in the same sub-jail.

“The sub-jail is being manned by cops from Central Jail Srinagar,” sources said.

Earlier on Friday, August 26, 2016, Mirwaiz was stopped from marching towards Eidgah and later arrested but was released hours later.

Last time in 2010 during mass uprising, Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani was put under detention in the same sub-jail. His health condition had deteriorated and he was shifted to SKIMS from the jail and subsequently lodged at his Hyderpora home.

“The food and other things for Mirwaiz come from Central Jail itself,” sources claimed.

Mirwaiz was arrested and shifted to Chasma Shahi a day before CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti sought help of Hurriyat Conference to “help her in getting restoring normalcy” in Kashmir.

Talking to media personnel after discussing Kashmir with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for over 45-miniutes at his 7 RCR residence in New Delhi, CM Mehbooba said, “we want to save our children of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Everyone wants bloodshed to stop. But dialogue can only happen with those who want it… I appeal to the Hurriyat to help in getting peace back in on the streets, to stop the killings,” Ms Mufti said.

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