Two Kashmiri Under-trails In Punjab Allege Harassment In Jail

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SRINAGAR: Two Kashmiri under trails have alleged humiliation in a Punjab jail and have written a letter to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, The Indian Express reported.

Gurdaspur Jail In Punjab

Identified as Sajad Hussain and Irshad Ahmad, they are lodged in Central Jail, Gurdaspur. In their complaint to the court, they have alleged they were stripped, beaten, and humiliated by other inmates. The two are residents of Poonch.

“They said they were stripped naked, beaten, and humiliated. They were called ‘terrorists’ by virtue of being Kashmiri Muslims,” the complaint reads, according to the newspaper while mentioning an incident that reportedly took place on June 12.

“The complaint further stated that they were being forced to clean clothes, fetch drinking water, and be at the beck and call of “influential” prisoners,” the news report said. “The death of Naik Gurcharan Singh, a Gurdaspur resident, in a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control on June 10 further aggravated the circumstances and harassment existing against them at the jail, as prisoners held them responsible for the deaths, according to the complaint.”

Their lawyer, Ankit Grewal has pleaded before the court that the letter be treated as a petition and issue necessary directions.

The newspaper has quoted the Balkar Singh Bhullar, the Jail Superintendent, saying: “ “There is no such thing. It is fake. They have not complained before me earlier. We have received the complaint today (Wednesday). I have asked the deputy to enquire from them…This is all meaningless. We have other Kashmiris too here. We will still look into it.”

Ahmad and Hussain are accused in an FIR registered in Pathankot in 2016 for their alleged links with the ISI and having visited Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Himachal Pradesh for allegedly clicking photographs of sensitive areas of Indian Army.

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