HR body seeks probe into PDP leader’s torture in detention

Srinagar, August 08 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a human rights body has sought a time-bound inquiry into allegations of torture on detained PDP leader, Waheed Para, who is currently lodged in Central Jail, Srinagar.

The Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir has released its third report “Two years of lockdown” – on the region this week demanding an end to the human rights violations in the region and time-bound inquiry into allegations of Para’s torture in detention.

On 25 November 2020, Para who is an elected District Development Council (DDC) member from Pulwama district was arrested by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) on alleged militancy charges and held in their custody for one month at their headquarters in New Delhi, where he was subjected to ill-treatment.

Shortly after his release Para was detained by the Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK) wing of police.

The report that came in wake of the second anniversary of 5 August, the day Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was abrogated, has recommended the release of all remaining political prisoners who were detained on or after 4 August 2019.

The 78-page report published by the forum seeks withdrawal of substantiated charges under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and controversial law- UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) against political leaders, journalists, and activists. It has been said that authorities should strictly implement the rights to bail and speedy trial.

“Repeal the PSA and other detention legislations or amend them to bring them in line with our constitutional ethos,” the report has pointed out.

The Forum comprises an informal group of concerned citizens who believe that “in the prevailing situation in the territory, an independent initiative is required so that continuing human rights violations do not go unnoticed.”