Hurriyat (M) expresses concern over plight of prisoners
Kashmir News Observer (KNO)
Srinagar, September 24 (KNO) : Hurriyat Conference (M) Monday expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in various prisons including Tihar, Kahtua, Udhampur, Kotbalwal and Central Jail Srinagar, stating that the ill treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners stands as an eye-opener for the world community, especially international organisations fighting for prisoners’ rights.
In a statement issued to (KNO) Hurriyat (M) said that in the Tihar Jail Delhi, where prisoners that include resistance leaders, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Ahmed Fantosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj ud din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, businessman Zahoor Watali and female resistance leaders Asiya Andrabi, her two aides, Fehmeda Sofi and Nashid Nasreen and all these prisoners are facing enormous hardships in their prisons, which is a great cause of worry.
Hurriyat (M) said all the resistance leadership arrested by the NIA last year were farmed under fake cases and they have been kept under illegal custody since then as the agency has failed to prove their involvement in any crime other than standing for their political rights. The spokesman said that it may be recalled that on September 13, the two bench judge of High Court, that include Justice S Murlidhar and Justice Venu Goyal had stated that NIA had no concrete evidence against the involvement of resistance leaders in any of the criminal activities.
“The bench had cleared that in absence of any evidence against the resistance leaders arrested by the NIA, trial can be run against them under section 120, 121 of IPC (waging criminal conspiracy),” spokesman said. Hurriyat (M) said that the bench had also termed the imposition of UAPA on the Hurriyat Conference and its all constituents stating that none of the constituents of the Hurriyat is banned. Meanwhile, Hurriyat paid tributes to six armed youth killed in Aripal, Tral and Tangdhar, Kupwara encounters, stating that “these sacrifices are great assets for the Kashmiri people who are committed to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end.”
Hurriyat (M) strongly condemned the use of force on the peaceful protestors at Aripal Tral, termed it the ultimate highhandedness of forces and an ‘act of vengeance.(KNO)