COVID-19 cases in central jail: The Kashmiriyat team concerned about Qazi Shibli’s health

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Srinagar: The team of online news portal The Kashmiriyat is apprehensive about its editor’s health who has has been under ‘preventive detention’ for the past 12 days.

On 3rd August, Qazi Shibli was shifted from Sher Ghari Police station to Central Jail, Srinagar, and booked under 107 CrPc, a law permitting the police to arrest anyone based on ‘suspicion’.

“With the Central Jail, Srinagar, becoming an epicenter of COVID-19 cases in Kashmir,  The Kashmiriyat is apprehensive about its Editor’s health who has has been under ‘preventive detention’ for the past 12 days,” reads the report published on the website of the news portal

Mr. Shibli was summoned by cyber police for questioning on 31st July and has been under detention since.

Pointing out the rise of COVIID-19 cases inside the jail, the team writes, “The central jail authorities have reported 35 fresh COVID-19 positives cases, including three doctors and thirty-three inmates. The central jail, located at Kathi Darwaza in Rainawari, Srinagar, has been overcrowded from the past year with over 510 inmates lodged in the facility that can officially accommodate only 360 of them,”

Adding that the overcrowding of inmates in Central Jail, Srinagar, began when the government arrested more than 1500 activists, journalists, civilians after the revocation of Article 370 last year.

There has been global condemnation of Mr. Shibli’s arrest. Amnesty India, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), The Committee to Protect Journalists, Asia, The International Observatory of Human Rights, The International Federation of Journalism (IFJ), and Indian Journalists Union (IJU) condemned his arrest and demanded his immediate release.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mr. Shibli was arrested last year on 25 July and booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for publishing news about heavy deployment of government forces in Kashmir before 5 August . He was shifted to Bareilly Jail and released after 9 months on 13 April, this year.

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