Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails, the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Friday said, “Those languishing in Tihar jail, Delhi, including Shabir Shah are facing toughest times of their lives.”
“Kashmir detainees in Tihar Jail are being targeted psychologically by either confining to small cells or large wards along with the criminals. Tihar jail is proving Guantanamo Bay for Kashmiri prisoners,” the DFP spokesman said in a statement.
Referring to a letter written by Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar jail, the spokesman stressed upon the Director General Prisons, Delhi, to take immediate and appropriate measures to safeguard the lives of Kashmiri inmates including Shabir Shah who has been booked in an old ‘fabricated’ case of 2005.
“As per media reports, the Kashmiris arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) and lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail have moved a joint application before the Director General Prisons, Delhi, to lodge them together in a single compartment or at least separate them from other prisoners who are in jail for different criminal cases as they feel insecure with them.”
“DFP chief Shabir Shah has been lodged in a small cell with open commode in solitary confinement which has added to his miseries. He is suffering from many ailments and jail authorities are fully aware of his worst health conditions. It is high time for Director General Prisons, Delhi, to act according to the application moved by the Kashmiri prisoners.”
Meanwhile, the spokesman strongly condemned the pellet firing inside the Srinagar Jamia Masjid premises injuring at scores of people.
“This has again proved that men in uniform are indulging in gross human rights violations are they are not interested in peace,” the spokesman said, praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.