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IOK bar shares ordeals of Kashmiri jail inmates

Srinagar, March 26, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has released a report at the end of its six-member team’s visit to Jammu jails, which paints a gloomy picture of the inmates.

The report has been released the Bar members visited inmates lodged at Kotbhalwal Jammu, District Jail Kathua and District Jail Udhampur in Jammu region. The Bar has decided to inform the High Court about the problems of detainees and under-trial prisoners in jails. The report was prepared by six-member team comprising Aijaz Bedar, Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, Hamid Shafi, Muhammad Ashraf Butt, Nasir Qadri and Mudasir Yousuf following its visit to Kotebalwal, Kathua and Udhampur jails.

The report reveals that the detainees lodged in these jails are not produced before trial courts, and are deprived of medical treatment and their detentions are extended without any reason. According to the report, there are 66 Kashmiri detainees and seven foreigners, lodged in Central Jail Kotbhalwal Jammu, under draconian Public Safety Act. The report cited the names of detainees who are either ill or PSA against them was quashed but they were neither being provided medical assistance, nor were released.

“Most of them are ill, but the jail authorities are not providing them any medical assistance. The overhead water tanks have been kept open on the rooftops, without being cleaned and one does not know as to what is inside those water tanks, which are lying in open. The jail authorities have installed CCTV cameras inside their wards including the latrines and the bathrooms, as a result of which their privacy is getting exposed every day,” reads the Bar report.

In District Jail Kathua, the Bar said, there are 20 prisoners of Kashmir who have been detained under PSA. The team was informed by the detainees that the District Jail Kathua has been converted into Guantanamo bay as there are no facilities available to the detainees. “The water provided to the inmates of the jail is unclean and impure. In the said jail also, overhead water tanks are not cleaned. There is no doctor in the jail and when any inmate is taken ill, he is given a Paracetamol tablet by the jail authorities without taking him to the hospital or calling a doctor from the District Hospital Kathua. It is in extreme cases and that too with great difficulty that a doctor is called to the jail but once in a week,” reads the report.

In District Jail Udhampur, the report said, there are nine prisoners of Kashmir, who have been detained under PSA. While 63-year old Ghulam Muhammad Butt of Kulangam Handwara lodged in the jail under PSA detention has suffered a stroke and unable to move without a support. He is not provided any support by the jail authorities to enable him to move in the ward where he has been kept.

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Kashmir Media Service
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Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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