Jama’at terms shifting inmates to outside Kashmir ‘a pure vengeance, violation’

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Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Monday strongly denounces the plan of shifting of thirteen inmates lodged in the district jail, Kehribal Mattan Islamabad to the jails outside the valley and calls it an unwarranted action based on political bias and vengeance having no legal and moral justification.

The spokesman said that all these inmates are political detainees and are being shifted to outside jails for subjecting to “suppression, physical and mental torture” which is a blatant violation of the basic rights of prisoners under the international law.

He said that these inmates were boarded in a police bus during the daytime but on strong protests from their close relatives they were again taken inside the Mattan jail to avoid the protest and during the night hours, they are likely to be shifted as scheduled. Among those who apprehend shifting is one Peer Mohammad Ashraf of Batagund Verinag now languishing in the jails for more than fourteen years and has no legal trial pending against him and one Abrar Ahmad from Chowgam Qazigund district Kulgam who is suffering from a fatal disease and needs homely care and proper medical treatment which he is sure to be deprived of in an outside jail.

The spokesman added that in the jails outside the valley these Kashmiri political detainees are subjected to “inhuman treatment” by the jail authorities being mostly from the police department having neither any knowledge of the rights of the prisoners and detainees nor trained.

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