Authorities admit Srinagar Central Jail is overcrowded

Srinagar, July 24, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, after the inmates lodged at Srinagar Central Jail went on an indefinite hunger strike, the jail authorities admitted that the prison is overcrowded which has led to every facility coming under strain.

The prisoners in Central Jail Srinagar have gone on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against undue shifting of some inmates to jails in Jammu, poor food quality, denial of medical facilities and delay in trials. Family members of many inmates told media in Srinagar that the prison conditions had significantly worsened since the Governor’s Rule was imposed in the occupied territory.

Saleem Ahmed Beg, public relations officer to director general of prisons, in a statement in Srinagar said, “The Jail is facing overcrowding which have been taken note of by visiting teams and an amicus curiae. In his report, the amicus curie has mentioned that overcrowding is putting lot of pressure on the existing infrastructure and every facility is under strain.”

The families of the inmates had stated that the detainees were refusing to take food as the jail had been turned into a hell for them. “I had heard about Abu Gharib and Guntanamo, but after seeing the condition of prisoners at Srinagar Central Jail, I don’t think there can be any other worst jail in the world,” said Abdur Rasheed, whose son is languishing in the jail.

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