Geelani expresses concern over worsening condition of prisoners

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    SRINAGAR, JAN 17 : Syed Ali Geelani expresses his deep anguish and concern on Wednesday over the reported worsening condition of prisoners, saying they are being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails.

    Geelani put international human rights organizations on notice over the condition of Kashmiri prisoners who are being detained in jails across J&K and India and added that “oppression against Kashmiris, particularly youth, is going on and while quoting relatives of prisoners, said that Kashmiri inmates in Udhampor Jail “are subjected to inhuman deprivation of medical treatment; for those who require it.

    The inmates are put in cells, in solitary confinements,” for long periods, deprived of their contact with near and dear ones and also other basic needs, said Syed Ali Geelani.

    International organisations for human rights must take cognizance of incarcerated Kashmiri youth,” asking these world bodies to visit these jails.

    “We have reports from Udhampor  jail that Kashmiri youth are being targeted,” Geelani said and added that they are meted out worst treatment ,saying  unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking tool on their health

    Detainees are compelled to use dirty and unhygienic utensils and even no proper food is provided as per jail  manual, said Geelani.

    Strongly denouncing Superintendent jail of Udhampor for her inhuman and harsh behaviour against detainees, Syed Ali Geelani said that she has turned jail into hell and jail mates are pressurised and compelled to participate in obscene and offensive cultural programmes and dance concerts.

    Quoting reports, Geelani said that jail authorities have let loose the reign of terror and non-Muslim prisoners are being provided free hand to create disturbances during prayer times.

    We have reports from police station Bandipora that youth including Mudasir Ahmad Wani, Irfan Ahmad Wani and Ab Lateef Wani are being tortured and targeted,” Geelani said.

    Geelani strongly criticised police behaviour and added that all prisoners languishing in jails are prisoner of conscience and while hailing their sacrifices added that they are pursuing the right to self-determination through peaceful political means.

    Hailing prisoners for their sacrifices and commitment, Syed Ali Geelani said that sacrifices rendered by Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr. Muhammad Qassim Faktoo, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Masarat Allam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Naeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid ul-Islam, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javed Ahmed, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Mohammad Ramzan Khan, Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Yousaf Falahi, Mir Hafeez ullah, Shakeel Ahmed Yatoo ,Abdul Gani Bhat, Raies Ahmad Mir, Salman Yousuf, Abdul Ahad Para, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Sarjan Barkati  are praiseworthy, saying  that we are proud of these warriors for their commitment and dedication. They are role model and icons for nation and beacon lights for ongoing freedom movement, said Syed Ali Geelani. (PTK)