Geelani concerned over political detainees’ plight

They are ill-treated and humiliated for their affiliation with freedom struggle. In Udhampur jail, these prisoners are mercilessly beaten and thrashed and later confined to cells and solitary confinement.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 21 2018 12:59AM | Updated Date: Mar 21 2018 12:59AM
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Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today expressed deep concern and anguish over the plight of detainees languishing in different jails in and outside valley. 

“The Kashmiri political detainees, lodged in the outside valley jails, are on one pretext or the other, harassed, intimidated and subjected to political vendetta.

They are ill-treated and humiliated for their affiliation with freedom struggle. In Udhampur jail, these prisoners are mercilessly beaten and thrashed and later confined to cells and solitary confinement.

They are assaulted, ill-treated and compelled to use dirty and unhygienic utensils for cooking and drinking purpose,” Geelani, in a statement today, said.  

Citing the treatment meted out to detainees, who were arrested by NIA, including senior leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif ullah, Nayem Ahmad Khan, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Javed Ahmad Shah, Shahid Yusuf, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Shahid-ul-Islam, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Geelani said, “They are nor even permitted to seek legal assistance and consult their lawyer.”

Blaming jail authorities for their callous and inhuman approach against detainees, Geelani said, “These  political prisoners are ill-treated and humiliated by criminals lodged in these jails. They are denied medical treatment and basic needs.”

Geelani slammed the authorities for their ‘dictatorial  and haughty’ attitude, said, “Despite the release orders, several detainees including Ameer Hamza Shah, Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Ab Gani Bhat, Muhammad Ashraf Malik,  Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Aashiq Hussain Bhat, Manzoor Ahmad Najar, Basharat Ahmad Peer, Sajad Ahmad Bhat, Abdul Ahad Mir, Muhammad Shaban Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Abdul Gani Bhat, Abdul Gafar Regu, Muhammad Ashraf Malik, Hakim u Rehman, Muhammad Suliman Wani, Nazir Ahmad Manto, Nazir Ahmad Khawja, Abrar Anitoo, Abid Kachroo, Javed Ahmad Fuley, Lateef Ahmad Dar, Nazir Ahmad Mantoo, Abdul Khaliq Regu, M Ashraf Malik, Muhammad Subhan Wani and scores of others were not released and are still lodged in different police stations and their detention period is prolonged on one pretext or the other.