JKLF Leaders, activists protest against plight of Kashmiri prisoners

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Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik on Friday while condemning the ongoing ‘ill-treatment’ of detainees in jails said that Kashmiri inmates are facing worst apathy in various Prisons of India and Jammu Kashmir.

JKLF leaders hold a protest against ‘ill-treatment’ of detainees.
KL image by Bilal Bahadur

“Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and humiliating their visitors have become a common practice of authorities in jails,” he said in a statement.

He said that Kashmiris are facing worst apathy in Indian jails like Tihar jail, Mandawali Jail Delhi and jails of Jammu Kashmir including Udhampur jail, Khutua Jail, Hiranagar jail, Amphala jail Jammu, Srinagar central jail, Mattan Jail, Baramullah Jail, Kupwara jail, Kot-Balwal jail and other incarceration centers.

He said that India is a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law but contrary to this, India is employing every means to inflict more and more harm to these inmates.

He said that slapping repeated PSA’s, employing police tactics to prolong incarceration of prisoners, using agencies like NIA, ED to put Kashmiris in Indian jails, shifting lifers and other detainees from Kashmiri jails to jails in Jammu, denying proper medical facilities’ to inmates , torturing, beating, putting them into solitary confinements, keeping them naked inside prison cells, humiliating and torturing their kith and kin who come to see them at jails and other incarceration centers and other oppressive measures like these have become a new normal in Jammu Kashmir and it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organizations, civil societies, International Red Cross (ICRC) and others to take note of this, intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration.

Meanwhile, a statement said that on the call of JRL, JKLF leaders and activists staged a peaceful protest against the plight of Kashmiri detainees.

The statement said that JKLF leaders and activists along with people from many walks of life gathered at Maisuma Lal Chowk and staged a peaceful protest. Holding placards in their hands and raising slogans in favor of prisoners, the protesters marched towards Lal Chowk and staged a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk. This sit-in was addressed by vice chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt and others.

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