Hurriyat (M) expresses concern over plight of Kashmiri prisoners

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails outside the state, stating majority of the Kashmiri political prisoners are deprived of the basic facilities including medical aid which is a serious cause of concern.

In a statement issued on Friday, a party spokesperson said that the political prisoners booked by the NIA and ED under frivolous cases are being denied trial and their detention is being prolonged without giving proper reasons. Adding that this shows “pure political vendetta and posing a great threat to their lives.”

The spokesperson further claimed that the female resistance leader Asiya Andrabi and her two aides, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen who have been kept in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, have not received proper basic medical facilities.

“Asiya is already suffering from multiple ailments and her continuous detention would result in a threat to life for which entire blame will lie on the government of India in case something untoward happens to her,” said in a statement.

Adding that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) without producing any concrete evidence against Asiya is prolonging her detention. Similar procedure has been adopted by the NIA and ED for the leaders they have arrested that include Shabir Ahmed Shah and many others.

The spokesperson said recently the Supreme Court has given directions to the state that prisoners be lodged in their home states only, but many prisoners have been shifted to outside state jails.

He said that by shifting these prisoners far from their homes, has added more trouble to their family members who can’t afford to travel outside.

He further urged the world bodies and human rights organizations to take the serious note of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners. “The Human Rights Watch, ICRC, Amnesty international should visit various jails and check the condition of prisoners.”

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