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Worsening of prison conditions in Central Jail worrisome: HCBA.

Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has expressed serious concern over the worsening of prison conditions in Central Jail Srinagar and shifting of prisoners lodged there to jails in far flung areas of Jammu province.

In a statement here a HCBA spokesman said, “Jail inmates are being provided inadequate and poor quality food. They are denied medical aid and are not even produced in courts. They have been left with no other option other than to go on an indefinite hunger strike.”

The spokesman said, “The High Court should constitute a team that would visit jails after every two months to find out as to how the grievances of the inmates of the jails are redressed. The team should immediately visit Central Jail Srinagar and also other jails of the state to assess the ground situation.”

He said, “The HCBA has also decided to bring the apathy of the inmates of Central Jail Srinagar to the notice of the High Court which is already hearing a PIL filed by the association in 2011, for improving the jail conditions.”

Meanwhile, the HCBA spokesman expressed grief over the demise of Muhammad Shafi Shah, uncle of incarcerated JKDFP chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, who breathed his last at his ancestral home in Anantnag on Sunday. He also expressed grief over the drowning of two brothers, Abrar Altaf and Irtiqab Altaf of Omar Colony Lal Bazar Srinagar, in Harwan reservoir on Sunday and demanded that action be taken against those who have been negligent as well as careless and have also failed to set-up a rescue system around the reservoir to prevent anyone going for swimming in the reservoir. “The HCBA also express its concern over the raiding of house of Abdul Samad Inqalabi, patron, Islami Tanzeem-i-Azadi at Ganastan Sumbal Sonawari in Bandipora district. The association also condemns the registration of an FIR against Current News Service for providing space and circulating the article of scholar turned militant Manan Wani.”

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