Tihar jail inmates ill-treated: Sehrai

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Srinagar

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrailashed out on Jail authorities of Tihar over barbaric and inhuman treatment towards Dukhtran-e-Millat leaders.

In a statement, he said that Asiya Indrabi and her two associates Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen placed in a solitary confinement in three separate cells.

He said we have the reports that they are being targeted inhumanely. We want to tell the government they are political prisoners yet matted out worst treatment and putting womenfolk in a solitary confinement is a barbaric act.

“They are being tortured psychologically, mentally and physically,” said Sehrai.

He said these political prisoners too have rights according to Geneva Convention to which India is a signatory. So they must be dealt with according to that.

“The vengeful treatment to which they are subjected during the detention included off and on solitary confinements posing a great threat to their lives,” he added.

“Unavailability of medicines and medical care and sub-standard quality of food. Even the visitors and relatives who come to see them in jail also harassed and tormented by the jail authorities,” he said.

Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in a statement said that relatives of Asiya Indrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, and Nahida Nasreen revealed that they are being provided food through locked iron bars and not allowed to come out of the solitary confinement. He said even food given to them in polythene bags instead of plates.

“Asiya Indrabi, in particular, is suffering from multiple ailments despite that life-saving medicine not allowed to her and she desperately needs the physical and physiological support of her associates yet they have been separated,” said Sehrai.

Moreover, in his statement, Sehrai strongly also condemned the ill-treatment meted out with relatives of Shahid Yousuf by Tihar jail authorities, by not allowing them to meet him, despite coming from such a long distance. Jail authorities also treated harshly and unethically with other Hurriyat leaders including Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Aslam and Zahoor Ahmad Watali, said Sehrai.

Sehrai in a statement strongly condemned the arrest spree in various parts of Kashmir, accusing a government of declaring war on people on the eve of their  August 15.

Sehraisaid police, army, and other agencies have formally launched a crackdown on resistance leaders and activists under garb so-called their Independence day, arrested Haji Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Ashiq Hussain Sofi of Khanyar, Shakeel Ahmad Khan and Fayaz Ahmad from Chadoora, including Ishfaq Ahmad Khan who is lodged in a police station Rajbagh since last one week.

Meanwhile, chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai paid glorious tributes on the first death anniversary of slain militant Mohammad Yaseen Yatoo.

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