Bar concerned about IOK prisoners’ plight in Indian jail

Srinagar, November 23, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has expressed serious concern over the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiris prisoners in India’s infamous Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Bar in a statement issued in Srinagar said the new administration in Tihar jail has closed down nine canteens that were providing foods, other than from the routine jail supply, to Kashmiri prisoners and other inmates on concessional rates.

“As a result, all the inmates, particularly Kashmiris, lodged in the high-security cells have been facing difficulties, because they cannot even get an extra glass of water or a cup of tea,” it said. “By closing the canteens, all inmates, particularly Kashmiris, have been deprived of the facility in an illegal and unlawful manner by the new dispensation.” The move, it said, was taken about three months ago, when the new Director General Prisons, New Delhi took over.

The lawyers’ body also said that Kashmiri prisoners were not being allowed to keep money in their PP accounts for use under necessity. “All animates listed in jail manual are legally allowed to keep a good amount of money in their PP accounts. But in Tihar the inmates have been deprived of this facility as well,” it said. Bar said the jail authorities have stopped providing medical treatment to the ailing prisoners. And, it said, during emergencies, they are taken to any nearest hospital “in the name of so-called threat to security”.

The statement while condemning the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiris prisoners, Bar said it has decided to take up the matter with J and K High Court, which is already hearing a PIL in the issue. The association has also decided to approach Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organisations over the issue.

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