CID Report on Srinagar Central Jail Termed as Bundle of Lies

Srinagar, February 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the report released by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Central Jail Srinagar as illogical, ridiculous and a bundle of lies.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a statement in Srinagar said that following the recent escape of a prisoner from SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, the puppet rulers, Indian agencies and police had started penalizing political prisoners and other inmates especially those lodged at the Srinagar Central Jail. “After a series of false and concocted reports by some journalists, biased media channels and papers, many innocent political detainees have been shifted to the jails outside the Kashmir Valley. To tighten the noose on other inmates ridiculous reports are being framed and spread through media and other means,” they deplored. The leaders said that the CID had released a report in the media in which it had stated that Srinagar Central Jail was being used as the main recruitment hub by militants and the youth were being selected and lured from here to join the armed struggle. “CID in its report has blamed the traditional Ameer-i-Zindan institution for the mess and termed it as a parallel administration running and facilitating militancy which is a blatant lie,” they added. The leaders maintained that from Mahaz-i-Raishumari days in 1960s, Ameer-i-Zindan institution has been a forum facilitating good relations between jail authorities and prisoners and often this forum has benefited the jail authorities to run the jails smoothly but today this forum is also being slandered to inflict more trouble on the Kashmiri inmates. They said, the puppet authorities are saying that Srinagar Central Jail and the people lodged there are promoting militancy from this jail. “This is a deliberate attempt to shift the blame. People at the helm know it very well that youth are taking refuge in arms due to police torture, humiliation and aggression,” they added. The resistance leaders said, “One prisoner escaped from SMHS hospital but five others who were with him returned to the jail on their own. Nobody is discussing this aspect of the story but instead of that those who chose to return are now being victimized by the police, CID and other agencies and are being blamed for recruiting militants.” “Prior to 1988, it was police atrocities, torture and humiliations that pushed a whole generation to the wall and youth were forced to pick guns and start a new phase of people’s resistance. From 2008 till today, Kashmiris at the insistence of the international community transformed their struggle, started a new non-violent revolution and are continuing with it. Instead of honouring this peaceful gesture of the Kashmiris, New Delhi is using all the ways and means to crush our struggle with an iron fist,” the statement added. The resistance leaders pointed out that victimizing Kashmiri prisoners is actually a part of operation “all out” that is going on at all levels to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. They said that recently, the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, warned the Kashmiris of bringing thousands of guns and establishing the Indian forces’ new camps and torture centers. “We want to tell her to go ahead and repeat what her father did in 1990. Such threatening cannot break our resolve and our resistance will grow stronger day-by-day,” they added. KASHMIR VOICE
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Police Stations in Srinagar Being Fortified

Srinagar, February 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, following surge in the attacks on Indian Army camps, most of the poli
According to media sources, the Site Engineer at Shaheed Gunj Police Station told media that contracts have been given to various agencies all across Srinagar for this purpose. The wall around the Shaheed Gunj Police Station is being raised from 10 feet to 20 feet, iron bars included. “The construction here started around December,” one of the workers at Shaheed Gunj Police Station said. At the Maisuma Police Station, too, the wall height is being doubled. “The height of the wall was around 8 ft earlier, but by the time the construction is completed, I suppose it will be around 16 ft after fencing,” said one of the workers. Even as the wall around the Kothi Bagh Police Station is high enough, a bunker has come up to strengthen its security. Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, told media that it will “help in securing the premises”. After the militant attacks at the army camps at Sunjwan in Jammu and in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar, the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, had stressed the need of reviewing the security during a meeting with National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval; Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba; and chiefs of various intelligence agencies. Earlier, in February, Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, had also approved a 1,487-crore project for improving the security of army camps in occupied Kashmir and in North-East India, setting a deadline of 10 months. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK Regime Begins Process to Re-Notify another Firing Range

Srinagar, February 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet administration has started the process to re-notify another firing range for the Indian Army in the territory.
According to media sources, a Srinagar-based English Daily Greater Kashmir quoting official documents reported that the Home Ministry of the territory has set the ball rolling for authorizing the Indian forces to use 404 kanals of land at Jhullas village in Poonch for artillery practice. “In exercise of the powers conferred by the sub-section (2) of the Manoeuvres, Field Firing and Artillery Practice Act, 1938, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir hereby defines an area of land measuring 404 kanals and 13 marlas situated at village Jhullas in district Poonch as an area for carrying out field firing and artillery practice for a period of ten years,” reads the notification issued by principal secretary Home, R.K. Goyal, on February 12. The puppet regime has also asked the local public to file objections, if any, against the use of land as field firing range by the Indian Army. The daily reported that the field firing range is being used by the Army since early 70s. “The land has been acquired by the Army way back. It is mandatory for forces to obtain permission under law governing the field firing ranges irrespective of the title of the land,” it quoted a source as having said. In the past three years, the PDP-BJP regime has already notified four firing ranges for use of the Indian Army and paramilitary personnel in different parts of the occupied territory. Of them, three were re-notified as forces had lost rights to use them for the purposes. KASHMIR VOICE

Tributes Paid To Nadeem Khateeb on Martyrdom Anniversary

Srinagar, February 22 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid rich tributes to Pilot Nadeem Khateeb on his martyrdom anniversary.
According to media sources, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said sacrifices of martyrs like Nadeem Khateeb symbolize the sanctity and authority of freedom struggle. “We salute a man who was leading a well-settled life in the US and sacrificed his life for the sacred cause.” The JKLF Chairman said that Nadeem was a born revolutionary and he along with his childhood friend Ishfaq Majeed Wani started the struggle right from their school days and both embraced martyrdom for the just cause. The Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement in Srinagar said that the Kashmiri would not allow the sacrifices of their martyrs like Nadeem Khateeb to go waste and would accomplish their mission at all costs. Zafar Butt also paid glowing tributes to Muhammad Amin Tantary of Bomai, Sopore, on his death anniversary and said the best way to pay homepage to martyrs is to continue their mission. On the directives of Zafar Akbar Butt, a party delegation led by Muhammad Hanif visited the residence of ailing JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and enquired about his health. Yasin Malik was recently discharged from Soura Hospital in Srinagar. KASHMIR VOICE
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