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400 Kashmiris languishing in Indian jails: Prof Bhim Singh

Srinagar, July 23, 2014 (PPI-OT): More than 400 people from occupied Kashmir, implicated in anti-national cases, are languishing in different jails of India.

This was disclosed by Indian Supreme Court lawyer, Professor Bhim Singh during a media interview in Srinagar. He said that twenty-nine Kashmiri youth were facing life imprisonment.

“It is not only youth from Kashmir Valley but also from different parts of Jammu who have been implicated in false cases and are shut in narrow and black cells. In Varanasi jail alone, there are 15 youth all from Rajouri who are languishing there from past many years,” he added.

He said that the Kashmiri youth had been put in Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Naini, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vadodara, Bangalore, Jaipur and other places.

“I had filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking the status and details about the actual number of people belonging to Kashmir languishing in different jails of India. I have not received any official answer yet, but being in touch with some of the detainees, I can tell you that there are more than 275 youth who are locked up in Indian jails,” he said. He said that these Kashmiris were implicated in fake charges of being involved in anti-India activities.

It is to mention here that there were more than two dozen Kashmiris who are facing life imprisonment. These include Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Javed Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Muhammad Ayub Mir, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Raj Din Khan, Shabir Ahmad Malik, Muhammad Amin Dar, Noor Muhammad Tantray, Feroz Ahmad Butt, Parvez Ahmed Mir, Sheikh Samiullah and Ali Muhammad Sheikh (two brothers), Muhammad Iqbal Jan, Mushtaq Ahmed Kaloo, Muhammad Amin Wani, Mahmood Topiwala, Javed Ahmed Wani, Shabbir Ahmad Najar, Gulzar Ahmad Wani and Muhammad Ishaq Paul.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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