Srinagar, January 18 (Kashmir Voice): 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.
According to media sources, 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. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, January 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops and police have started a massive frisking operation in the territory ahead of January 26, the Republic Day of India, causing immense inconvenience to the people.
According to media sources, the police have erected several makeshift checkpoints in Srinagar where the main official function of Indian Republic Day will be held. Over 40 checkpoints have been set-up from Hari Singh High Street to Dalgate on the one side and from Amira Kadal to Zero Bridge, on the other. Similar ‘nakas’ have been set-up on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway and also on the entire byepass stretch from Nowgam to Hyderpora. A tight vigil is also being maintained on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, which has been declared ‘hypersensitive’, apart from some other areas which have been declared ‘sensitive’. An eyewitness told media that joint teams of Indian police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are stopping passenger vehicles and asking the commuters to step out and line up for frisking and searches. “I was asked to show documents of my two-wheeler and also my identity proof. A policeman also asked me where from I was coming and where I am going?” he said. “From sudden cordon and search operations to frisking, everything is happening in downtown Srinagar these days,” said Reyaz Ahmed, a resident of Nowhatta. A massive deployment of Indian forces’ personnel has been made on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. A witness said that passenger of vehicles, and those travelling on motorcycles, have to face intense frisking at Pampore, Sempora, Pantha Chowk and Sonwar areas. Another witness said that vehicles were also thoroughly frisked on Srinagar-Baramulla Highway near Shalteng, HMT and also near Pattan. Additional Director General of Police, Muneer Khan, admitted that there were more security measures this time compared to previous years. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, January 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, people held a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old young girl in Kathua district of Jammu region.
According to media sources, the girl Asifa Bano, who had gone missing a week ago, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Hiranagar tehsil of Hindu-dominated Kathua district. The family and the relatives of the girl staged a protest, demanding swift investigation into the case and arrest of the culprits. “A minor girl missing for the past one week was found dead in Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of the district,” said a police official. “We have shifted the body to the District Hospital Kathua for postmortem,” he added.
Reports said that there were serious injury marks on the face of the girl.
Meanwhile, the opposition staged a walkout from the so-called Kashmir Assembly, today, to protest against the murder of the eight-year-old girl of Bakerwal community in Kathua district. As soon as proceedings of the House began, Congress and National Conference legislators stood up to protest against the murder of Asifa Bano. The opposition legislators said that police did not make any effort to trace the girl after she was abducted. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, January 18 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi, has said that Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, is trying to demoralize the Kashmiris through his statements.
According to media sources, the Indian Army Chief in his recent statement said that the people of Kashmir have got tired and have realised that they cannot achieve what they desired for. Aasiya Andrabi in a statement issued in Srinagar said the reality is that India and its authorities were frustrated by the fact that from doctors, scholars, intellectuals to small children; Kashmiris were actively participating in the ongoing struggle for securing their right to self-determination. By issuing such statements, Rawat is trying to make his masters happy, she added. Aasiya Andrabi said that apart from few stooges, Kashmiris were with the resistance movement and were ready to sacrifice everything for the Kashmir cause. “Last year, India tried to hit our economy but by the grace of Almighty Allah, despite suffering huge losses, Kashmiris never showed any resentment against any programme issued by the resistance leadership,” she said. She asked the people of Kashmir to beware that conspiracies were being hatched by India and they must not be bogged down by such plots. “We must know that our only goal is freedom from India and we will achieve it only when illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir will end,” she maintained. Meanwhile, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Muhammad Sultan Magray, and General Secretary, Merajuddin Soleh, in a joint statement in Srinagar also took strong exception to General Bipin Rawat’s remarks. They said that the notion spread by the Indian Army Chief would remain an unfulfilled dream in the hearts of tyrant Indian forces. They also extended support to the protest calendar issued by the Joint Resistance Leadership to register protest against the massacres perpetrated by Indian troops in Gaw Kadal (Srinagar), Handwara and Kupwara in 1990s. KASHMIR VOICE