IOK HCBA condemns ill-treatment to detainees in Kathua jail

Srinagar, October 30, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has strongly condemned the ill treatment being meted out to Kashmiri political detainees and under-trials in District Jail, Kuthua.

The HCBA General Secretary, Bashir Sadiq in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “When a meeting of the Executive Committee members of the Bar was going on, certain family members and relatives of some of the detainees and under-trial prisoners lodged in Kuthua Jail, informed the Bar members that the jail authorities had made the life of Kashmiri prisoners miserable.”

He said that they were informed that around 300 detainees and under-trial prisoners from Kashmir are lodged in Kathua. “Because of the ill treatment meted out to them by the jail authorities, are so frightened that they don’t want even to narrate their woeful tail,” the statement quoted the delegation saying.

He said that the jail authorities were not only violating the international covenants, but also the fundamental and constitutional rights of the prisoners, for which appropriate proceedings could be filed against them in any court of law.

He said the Bar denounced the torching of schools, across the Valley, by certain elements and termed it to be the handiwork of those, who want to paint the legitimate struggle of the people of Kashmir, black.

He said the Bar members, while terming the rigid attitude of the authorities to hold the examination in November, 2016, wants them to listen to the voice of the students asking for the postponement of the examinations as thousands of their colleagues have been detained in police stations, interrogation centres and jails and/or receiving treatment in the hospitals for the injuries inflicted on them by the ruthless forces.

The General Secretary also condemned the continued siege of the Srinagar Jamia Masjid for the past 16th consecutive Fridays and termed it as illegal and unlawful and also amounting to an interference in the religious affairs of the Muslim community of Kashmir.

He demanded the release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Khurram Pervaiz, Dr. Hubbi, Zahid Ali Lone Advocate, Bashir Ahmad Butt Advocate, Noor Mohammad Kalwal and Ayaz Akbar.

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