Hurriyat (M) expresses concern over shifting prisoners to outside jails

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Srinagar

Hurriyat (M) on Wednesday expressed strong concern and the resentment over the amendment to the Public Safety Act through an ordinance by the Governor led State Administrative Council (SAC) to ensure Kashmiri political prisoners lodged under PSA are shifted to prisons outside the state.

The spokesman in a statement termed the move as anti-human and against the basic principles of humanity, adding, it reflects the revenge mentality against these political prisoners.

Hurriyat said that scores of Kashmiri political prisoners have already been shifted to jails outside the State and the new law is aimed to shift the remaining prisoners which are against the Indian Supreme Court ruling that says prisoners facing trial be lodged in jails closer to their homes.

Hurriyat said dozens of prisoners lodged in outside prisons including Tihar in New Delhi are deprived of basic medical facilities and are lodged with criminals which pose a big threat to their lives.

Hurriyat also castigated New Delhi for imposing “arbitrary censorship” and disallowing foreign journalists from visiting Jammu and Kashmir and stated that the move reflects Delhi’s desperation to keep away foreign media from reporting the truth about the ground realities of Kashmir.

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