In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the continued arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Milat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and her two aides, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
The Hurriyat forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The DeM Chairperson is already suffering from multiple ailments and has been now kept in a solitary confinement, which is nothing but a sheer political vendetta.”
“As per the family members of the women leaders, they are being denied basic medical aid and their health has deteriorated leaving their families in a worry, besides the stale food is being provided to them in polythene packets,” the spokesman said.
“Instead of producing the trio before court, their judicial remand was extended through video conferencing which is against the principles of justice and that they were framed under fictitious cases, just to prolong their detention,” he added. He said prior to the DeM chief dozens of Hurriyat leaders were booked under frivolous cases.
He said they continue to remain lodged at Tihar jail in New Delhi where they have been lodged along with the dreaded criminals that poses a big risk to their lives. “Similar treatment is being meted out to all the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in other jails that include Kahtua, Udhampur and Kotbalwal,” spokesman added.
He said before DeM Chairperson, dozens of Hurriyat leaders were booked under frivolous cases by the NIA and ED who continue to remain lodged in the infamous Tihar jail of New Delhi where they have been lodged along with the dreaded criminals that poses a big risk to their lives.
The spokesman appealed to the world community and human rights organizations to conduct a thorough visit to all Indian jails and also jails of Kashmir to get the firsthand account of the condition of Kashmiri prisoners and to build pressure on India to release all the political prisoners without any condition.—KMS