Terming the death of prisoner Waheed Noor (Rawlakote) in police custody as murder, senior separatist leader and chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah Sunday expressed deep grief over the incident and “rebuffed” the police statement regarding the same.

He alleged that police concocted the story that its personnel got injured in the incident “in order to give some weight to their fabrication.”

A party statement quoting Shah said, “holding the state administration responsible for the death of Waheed Noor, this is not a single incident of its kind but “history of Kashmir is replete with thousands of such orchestrated episodes.”

“On 17 July 2013, a prisoner Shakeel Ahmad Kasana was also martyred in orchestrated bomb blast in Batamaloo over which police also provided a baseless story by claiming that several personnel were injured. The same was repeated today in case of Shaheed Waheed Noor. If police claim are true why don’t they divulge the details of the injured or dead police personnel?” Shah asked.

Seeking attention of world human rights organizations towards the plight and safety of Kashmiri prisoners in Valley and Indian jails, the statement said, “Shah appealed them to take cognizance of the matter besides hold Indian authorities accountable for their crimes.”

He reiterated that political prisoners are, according to UN Charter, regarded as ‘Prisoners of War’ and are not treated as criminals.


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