Tihar ‘assault’ victim appears before a local court in Kashmir, sent to hospital

Kashmir Wire

One of the 18 Kashmiri victims of assault in Delhi’s Tihar jail on the night of November 21 got some relief on Tuesday when a local court directed the police to get the victim treated at the hospital as “marks of injuries were visible” on his body.

The order was passed by the court when Ahtesham Ahmad, son of  Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Batpora-Sopore was produced before the court in an old case involving slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Qayoom Najar.

Ahtesham was taken to sub-district hospital Sopore for treatment as per the court orders.

Ahtesham was brought to Srinagar on Monday from Delhi and was taken to Sopore this morning in the court of sessions judge Sopore in connection with the case.

Ahtesham, (25) is among 18 Kashmiris who were allegedly assaulted by a unit of Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the night of November 21. Among other victims included Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen Supremo Syed Salahuddin.

A committee constituted by Delhi High Court has found that the TSP personnel have allegedly beaten as many as 18 jail inmates of Tihar jail.

Yesterday, the Delhi High Court directed Tihar jail authorities to get all the victims specially treated at AIIMS Delhi. The court will hear the case after three weeks following another report by a newly constituted committee which is led by a district and sessions judge.

The incident sent shock waves throughout Kashmir valley yesterday and one and all condemned the action of the jail authorities which was in violation of the law and jail manual.

Taking cognizance of the alleged attack on Kashmiri prisoners, J&K chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, today took up the matter with the government of India and has sought action against the accused. (Kashmir Wire)

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