JRL Protests against Attacks on Kashmiri Prisoners in Jails

Srinagar, November 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik staged a sit-in protest in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, today, against attacks on Kashmiri prisoners in Delhi’s Tihar jail and Kathua jail of Jammu.
According to media sources, scores of Hurriyat leader and activists staged a protest outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar against the attacks. The protesters were demanding the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners from Tihar and Kathua jails to the Valley. As many as 18 Kashmiri prisoners, including the son of Hizb Chief Syed Salahuddin, were thrashed by the staff of Tihar jail on the night of November 21. Meanwhile, the patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JKMM), Farida Bahenji, in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the plight of illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail and other jails of India and the occupied territory. She condemned the thrashing of prisoners in Tihar jail adding that the ghastly act had put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners at risk. KASHMIR VOICE
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Gilani Others Pay Tributes to Five Kashmiri Martyred Youth

Srinagar, November 30 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders have paid tributes to five Kashmiri youth martyred by Indian troops in Budgam and Sopore areas, today.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar paying homage to the martyrs said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not go waste. Criticizing the criminal silence of the world community, he said that their insensitivity and unconcern was the sole reason for the unabated bloodshed. He said, “The world forums, who stand witness to the Kashmir dispute, act as mute spectators, thereby legitimizing and legalizing the brutalities unleashed in this region for the last 70 years. Had these forums acted to their tall claims, India could not have dared to continue its repression and peace would have been ensured since long.” The APHC Chairman said arrogance, haughtiness and persistent denial can’t hold water for long and India has to come to terms with the writing on the wall, lest this unresolved and unaddressed volcano can erupt and burst anytime – engulfing millions of people in this region. The spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying rich tributes to the Budgam and Sopore martyrs, reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the ongoing liberation movement to its logical conclusion. KASHMIR VOICE
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Resistance Leaders Concerned Over Plight of Detainees

Srinagar, November 29 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has expressed serious concern over the plight of hundreds of illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail and other jails of India and the occupied territory.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, the jail authorities are badly treating the Kashmiri prisoners in complete violation of the jail manual. They condemned the thrashing of prisoners in Tihar jail and said that the ghastly act had put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners at risk. The leaders appealed to international organisations including the UN Human Rights Commission, Asia Watch and the Amnesty International to take cognizance of the matter and help ensure safety and security of prisoners as well as suitable medical treatment to those injured in the recent thrashing incident. Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik demanded shifting of the Kashmiri prisoners to jails in the Kashmir Valley to save them from being subjected to vengeance. Despite sufficient accommodation in local jails, Kashmiri detainees are shifted to outside jails and as such their families face immense difficulties to meet them, they said. The resistance leaders pointed out that the Indian government even ignores the ruling of its Supreme Court regarding prisoners wherein it has clearly directed the authorities to lodge the detainees in their home cities. “The thrashing incident in Tihar jail is as an extremely inhuman and immoral act,” they said and blamed the authorities for their bigoted mindset saying that these cowardly attacks are being carried on their directions. The leaders condemned thrashing of Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of Syed Salahuddin, in high-security ward of Tihar jail, saying on the behest of jail authorities, the criminals are attacking and taking extreme steps against the Kashmiri detainees. “These criminals have admitted that they are carrying out the orders of jail administration and attacked and injured the Kashmiri prisoners,” they added. The resistance leaders said that the attack on Syed Shahid Yusuf and other prisoners was carried out by the jail administration. 18 detainees were injured by the Tamil Nadu Police deputed in Tihar jail, they said, adding that Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Ahtisham, Shazad Ahmed, Muhammad Subhan, Muhammad Aslam Wani and Dr Waseem are lodged in the same ward. KASHMIR VOICE
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Delhi HC Panel Confirms Torturing of Detainees in Tihar Jail Says 18 Including Salahuddin’s Beaten by TSP Personnel

New Delhi, November 29 (Kashmir Voice): A committee constituted by Delhi High Court has confirmed torture of Kashmiri prisoners inside the high security Tihar jail in the Indian capital.
According to media sources, the panel has found that the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) personnel have beaten as many as 18 jail inmates of Tihar jail. The inmates include Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of prominent Kashmiri freedom leader Syed Salahuddin. On Monday, the Delhi High Court had directed the Tihar jail authorities to get all the victims specially treated at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The High Court had termed as very disturbing the attack on the inmates lodged in a high-risk ward in jail number-1 of the jail on the night of November 21. “We need to take a call. It (the incident) is completely unjustifiable,” a bench of acting-Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had said. “If this is the situation in Delhi, what about other places,” wondered the bench. It said that the issue was “extremely serious” and required a “serious probe”, before an intervention by this court. It also appointed a three-member fact-finding committee, headed by a district judge of a trial court, to enquire into the incident and submit a report before it.
The high court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by advocate Chinmay Kanojia, who stated that his client Shahid Yousuf, currently being investigated by India’s National Investigation Agency and undergoing trial, was beaten up without any reason by the Tihar Jail staff. The plea said that Kashmiri detainees including Shahid Yousuf were being targeted by the jail staff causing serious injuries to him and others. The incident sent shock waves throughout occupied Kashmir and one and all condemned the action of the jail authorities which was in violation of the law and jail manual. KASHMIR VOICE
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