Srinagar, February 16, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have expressed concern over the denial of permission to Kashmiris by the authorities of New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to meet their relatives lodged in the jail, terming it highly condemnable.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar castigated the Tihar Jail officials for not allowing the family members of a Kashmiri detainee, Javed Ahmad Khan, to meet him. “Kashmiri prisoners are the victims of custodial violence and are harassed in Indian jails especially in Tihar Jail.
India is neither respecting the international laws with respect to prisoners nor the human rights and the Indian jails are proving as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib detention centers for Kashmiris,” he said.
Syed Ali Gilani said that Javed, a resident of Srinagar, had been detained in Tihar Jail continuously for the last 19 years and his parents who travelled a long distance to meet him were not only denied permission but were misbehaved with by the jail officials.
“64 Kashmiri prisoners including Hurriyet leaders and activists Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Rafeeq Shah, Muhammad Hussain Fazili, Abdul Ghani Goni, Mahmood Topiwala and Parvaiz Ahmad Mir are lodged in Tihar Jail. They are the victims of custodial violence even in jail and are harassed in every possible ways. They are forced to work and are provided substandard food items and whenever they fall ill, they are not provided with adequate treatment,” he stated.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement described the denial of permission to the parents of Javed Ahmed Khan to meet him as inhuman, unjust and undemocratic act. “The elderly parents of Javed Ahmad Khan, who is facing a life sentence in Tihar Jail, had travelled hundreds of kilometres and invested a lot of money to reach Delhi for meeting their jailed son. But the tyrants and oppressors denied them a meeting with him,” he deplored.
The Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Farida Behanji, in her statement said that the parents of Kashmiri detainees including Javed Ahmad Khan, Mirza Nisar Hussain, Ali Muhammad Butt, Farooq Ahmad Khan and Abdul Ghani, lodged in Tihar Jail were being subjected to harassment by the jail authorities. She appealed to the international human rights organizations to take cognizance of the matter.
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