Geelani demands release of all detainees ahead of Eid


Octogenarian Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday demanded immediate release of all detainees before Eid festival and said that hundreds of leaders and activists have been lodged in far-flung areas of Jammu.

Terming the approach of authorities as sheer extremism, Geelani said that infamous PSA is being repeatedly slapped on political activists.

Referring to continuous detention of Aasiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Masarat Aalam Bhat and scores of others, Geelani said that since long these prisoners are languishing in different jails.

The Hurriyat patriarch said that during people’s uprising in 2016, more than twenty thousand pro-freedom civilians were arrested and more than five hundred are still under detention either in interrogation centers or in different jails.

“In most of cases the detainees were bailed out and their dossiers were quashed by judiciary, however authorities instead of honoring court orders are ignoring all norms and rules, hence detainees are not released and slapped with PSA’s to prolong their detention,” Geelani said.

He expressed his deep concern and said that despite sufficient space and accommodation in four jails in valley, scores of detainees are lodged in Jammu in these extreme temperatures.

In an appeal to ICRC, Amnesty International and international organization for human rights, Geelani impressed upon it to take cognizance and use influence for immediate release of all detainees and provide proper medical treatment.

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