Concern expressed over prisoners’ health condition

Srinagar, May 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and the High Court Bar Association of the territory have expressed grave concern over the deteriorating health conditions of several prisoners who were on hunger strike in Baramulla jail. Senior Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement in Jammu said that the Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in different jails in the territory and across India were subjected to inhuman treatment by the hands of the authorities.

The Chairperson of Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen, Zamrooda Habib, in her statement in Srinagar said that the political detainees were not being presented in the courts for the hearing of their cases on one pretext or the other. He added that the authorities were doing everything to prolong the illegal detention of the Kashmiri political prisoners. She called upon the International Red Cross and other human rights bodies to take cognizance of the ill-treatment meted out to these prisoners by the jail authorities.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association in its statement in Srinagar condemned the authorities for not appointing a public prosecutor in Session’s court, Baramulla. It said that this pathetic attitude forced 28 prisoners of the Baramulla jail to go on hunger strike as a result health of all the prisoners deteriorated and some of them had been referred to Soura hospital in Srinagar for treatment.

A team of executive members of the Bar Association after visiting Baramulla jail on February 13, 2015, had submitted a report in the High Court, wherein the non-availability of public prosecutor in session’s court Baramulla was highlighted and necessary directives were sought in this regard but no action was taken yet.

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