Prisoners on hunger strike fall unconscious in IOK jail

Srinagar, June 10, 2015 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, at least six prisoners, who were on hunger strike at the district jail Baramulla to protest the absence of public prosecutors at courts, were hospitalized after they fell unconscious. “Six prisoners were brought to the hospital in an unconscious state. They are stable, but under observation,” Dr Bashir Ahmad, Medical Superintendent, district hospital, Baramulla told media men.

Most of the prisoners started hunger strike on Monday morning against the unavailability of public prosecutors at the Sopore and Additional Session court Baramulla, a senior lawyer at the district court Baramulla said. He said that the prisoners had refused to eat anything since the strike began. “The prisoners had submitted written application to the jail superintendent saying that they will go on strike if the public spectators were not appointed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement in Srinagar said that pro-freedom people were being victimized in jails. He said that Baramulla district court was without Session Judge, resulting in the prolonging of the cases registered against the pro-freedom people who were under trail in the said court.

He said that Public Prosecutor of Sopore Court was also absent since long which had resulted in delay in the disposal of the cases against the prisoners languishing in Baramulla jail. He said that the authorities were continuously rejecting the bail application of the JKML activist, Javed Ahmad Najar, despite the fact that the marriage ceremony of his sister was scheduled in coming days. He said that another party activist, Suhail Ahmad Kallo, was also behind the bars on fabricated charges and was not being given bail.

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