In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has expressed deep concern over the plight of illegally incarcerated leaders and activists of the ongoing resistance movement, languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.
APHC General Secretary, Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani, in a statement issued in Srinagar while condemning the inhuman and barbaric treatment meted out to the Hurriyat leaders and activists by the jail authorities, said that the illegally detained people are denied the basic amenities such as medical treatment, hygienic diet and atmosphere as per jail manual.
“In the wake of devastating Covid 19 pandemic, social distancing, and other SOPs are impossible to maintain because of worst overcrowding in the jails. Inmates are being treated as slaves and animals.
And the jails have been turned into torture centres where inmates are being physically tortured and abused,” added the statement.
He demanded immediate release of the ailing detained leaders and activists imprisoned in faraway jails of India such as, Tihar, Ajmeer, Jigher Punjab and Jodhpur and within the occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir, such as Kot Bhalwal, Udhampur, Kathua, Reasi and Amphala.
Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Ameer Hamza, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Butt, Muzaffer Ahmed Dar, Ayaz Akbar, Pir Saifullah, Raja Merajudin Kalwal, Shahidul Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Shahid Yousaf, Shakeel Yousaf, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen and businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali are among those languishing in Tihar and other jails.
He also called for the release of those leaders who have been served life imprisonment for the crime which they have not committed including Dr Shafi Sharieti, Dr Mohammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Mohamed Ayoub Mir, Mohamed Ayoub Dar, Nazir Ahmed Shiekh, Showkat Ahmed Khan, Maqsood Ahmad Butt and Ashraf Lali.
Molvi Bashir Ahmed Irfani urged the United Nations Council for Human Rights and other international human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Committee of Red Cross to impress upon India to allow them visit and observe on spot pathetic condition of the illegally detained leaders and activists.
He blamed India for its criminal negligence towards the welfare of the incarcerated leaders and activists of our resistance moment which is a heinous crime and sheer violation of Human Rights Charter of 1948.
The APHC leader urged the United Nations Secretary General to use his good offices to take serious action against the violation of human rights with reference to the people of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in general and those of incarcerated detainees, in particular, at the hands of Indian occupation forces and jail authorities.
He also urged the United Nations Secretary General to help resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions as early as possible in the interests of global peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, International Forum for Justice Human Rights JK Tuesday said the authorities in IIOJK have failed to provide proper medical assistance to the prisoners detained in various jails of the territory despite the pandemic invading the prisons.
Its chairman Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the family members of the detainees are deeply concerned over dwindling health of their relatives inside prisons.
Among those who have died during detention include Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mujeeb Sidiqi, Ali Mohammad Kumar, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Harparinder Singh, Latif Ahmad Mir and Ghulam Muhammad Lone.
Untoo said that the fact is that jail officials and investigation agencies are complacent in their deaths.—KMS