DFP, IFJHRJK seek release of IIOJK detainees from jails

Srinagar, May 03 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) and the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir (IFJHRJK) have demanded the release of Kashmiri prisoners, who have been languishing in jails of India and the territory for the last several years.

The DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar, expressing deep concern over the detainees being at the risk of COVID-19, said that hundreds of Kashmiri prisoners including top-rank Hurriyat leaders had been left to rot in jails that had been declared as hotbeds for the coronavirus.

Voicing his party’s concern over the deteriorating health condition of the Kashmiri prisoners he said that keeping Kashmiri prisoners in overcrowded prisons far away from their homes reflect the BJP government’s prejudice and hatred against Kashmiris.

The spokesman denounced in strong words the shifting of the Kashmiri detainees from the valley to different parts of India and termed it as a deliberate attempt to punish Kashmiris. “Endangering prisoners’ lives constitute a serious crime under international law”, he said, adding that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various jails in different states of India were at grave danger and risk of the COVID infection.

Expressing his concern over the deteriorating health condition of the illegally detained party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and other prisoners lodged in notorious Tihar jail, he said, “Many prisoners are reported to have contracted the deadly virus but Indian authorities were not releasing them.”

He said that most of the Hurriyat leaders lodged in notorious Tihar Jail, including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Aasiya Andrabi and Shahid-ul-Islam have been suffering from acute ailments.

Meanwhile, the IFJHRJK Chairman, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that the authorities in Kashmir were not shifting the prisoners from outside jails despite the orders of the Indian Supreme Court.

He said that one, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Batamaloo, had been convicted by the court and lodged in Kot Balwal jail, Jammu. His family has written to the authorities to shift him to Kashmir, but the authorities were not shifting him to the valley, he deplored.

Ahsan Untoo said that the family was suffering due to the inhuman approach of the Modi-led Indian fascist government. He added that the family had written to the Director General of Prisons, SSP of Srinagar and other officials, seeking shifting of Nazir Ahmad Sheikh from Kot Balwal jail, Jammu, to Srinagar.

He said that the District Magistrate of Srinagar had taken the case after the family filed a petition.

The court directed the jail authorities to release him on parole but despite that he was neither being released nor shifted from Kot Balwal jail to Srinagar.