Expressing his deep concern and anguish over the miserable condition of the Tihar Jail Kashmiri Detainees, Chairperson Hurriyat (g) Syed Ali Geelani Thursday appealed human rights organizations including Amnesty International to take serious notice of the ill-treatment meted out with the Kashmiri detainees in “notorious prison of India Tihar Jail”.

He said, “the woeful tale of the miseries and tortures of the Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar Jail from the mouth of a Tihar Jail detainee Mahmood Ayoub Dar alias Topiwala who is presently on one month parole should be taken as a wakeup call for the conscience of the human rights organizations.”

According to the Tihar jail detainee, the statement said, “the Kashmiri prisoners in the Delhi prison are being harassed even for the glass of water. The daily wages of a skilled prisoner has been declared as Rs 128 but the detainees in Tihar Jail are being denied from this right and from last two months, they have not been paid for their works and the Jail authorities are subjecting the Muslim detainees especially Kashmiri prisoners to forced labour and have created an extremely corrupt system in the Jail.  Although this kind of treatment with the Muslim prisoners inside the Tihar Jail is a normal process in every Jail in India but the attitude of the jail authorities towards the Kashmiri detainees is very biased and revengeful.”

While terming the condition of the all the Muslim prisoners in the Indian as well as Jammu & Kashmir Jails as “very concerning”, Syed Ali Geelani demanded immediate halt to this practice and appealed the UNO and Amnesty International to use their influence and come to the rescue of the Kashmiri and Muslim prisoners in Indian Jails.

While paying rich tributes to the “patience and courage of the youths and pro-freedom Kashmiri prisoners”, Geelani said, “it is a huge sacrifice and assured them that we will Insha-Allah definitely succeed in our freedom struggle and one day these sacrifices will show their result.”

While reiterating his appeal for peaceful protest demonstration after the Friday prayers on 27 November against the unnecessary harassment of youths, continuous detention of pro-freedom leaders and youths and ill-treatment with Kashmiri detainees in the Tihar Jail Delhi, the Hurriyat (g) chairperson said that the protest should be peaceful, disciplined and dignified in every respect.


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