Gilani concerned over plight of Kashmiri detainees

Srinagar, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has expressed deep anguish and concern over the miserable plight of illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the inmates were being ill-treated and subjected to mental and physical torture in jails. He said that the detainees in Udhampur Jail of Jammu were deprived of medical treatment. “We have reports from Udhampur Jail that youth belonging to Kashmir Valley are being targeted. They are subjected to the worst treatment. The unavailability of medicines and medical care and substandard quality of food is taking a toll on their health,” he said.

The APHC Chairman said that the inmates were put in cells in solitary confinements for long periods, deprived of their contact with near and dear ones and also other basic needs. “Detainees are compelled to use dirty and unhygienic utensils and no proper food as per jail manual is provided to them,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani while slamming the superintendent of Udhampur Jail for inhuman and harsh behaviour against the detainees said that she had turned the jail into a hell and the inmates were pressurized and compelled to participate in obscene and offensive cultural programmes and dance concerts. He said that the jail authorities had let loose a reign of terror and non-Muslim prisoners had been given a free hand to create disturbances during prayer times.

“We have reports from police station Bandipora that youth including Mudassir Ahmed Wani, Irfan Ahmed Wani and Abdul Lateef Wani are being tortured and targeted,” he said and strongly condemned the police behaviour.

The APHC Chairman said that all Kashmiri detainees were the prisoners of conscience and hailed their sacrifices. The sacrifices rendered by Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javaid Ahmed, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Muhammad Yusuf Mir, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Mir Hafeezullah, Shakeel Ahmed Yatoo, Abdul Ghani Butt, Raies Ahmed Mir, Salman Yousuf, Abdul Ahad Parra, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi and Sarjan Barkati are praiseworthy, he said. “We are proud of these warriors for their commitment and dedication. They are role models and icons for Kashmiris and beacon lights for the ongoing freedom movement,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani urged the world human rights organisations to take cognisance of the plight of Kashmiri detainees and play role in their immediate release.

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