Family members of Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar protest against their ‘torture’ Malik urges rights bodies to come to their rescue

The family members of prisoners in Tihar jail Sunday carried out a protest against their torture and called for their immediate shifting to jails in Kashmir.
Staging a protest at Press Colony in Srinagar against the “third-degree” torture of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails outside, especially Tihar jail, the protestors urged the international rights bodies to come to the rescue of Kashmiri prisoners.
Abdul Hamid Lone of Kanilwan village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district said, “On November 21, the police inside Tihar Jail beat up my son, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone ruthlessly and also tried to kill him inside the jail.”
Lone said he had got to know about the incident when he got a call from a relative who works near Tihar jail.
“I was informed that my son was beaten when a police officer in the jail came to the prisoners and found a copy of holy Quran,” he said.
Lone said he was told that the officer had “desecrated the holy book” and when the prisoners asked him to stop disrespect he and the jail staff started beating them.
He said his son had been beaten few years back too but “this time the jail authorities tried to kill him” by hitting him on the upper parts of his body.
“We want all the Kashmiri prisoners shifted to jails in Kashmir as they are reeling under threat,” Lone said.
A nine-year-old relative of a prisoner from north Kashmir’s Sopore area said, “My uncle is in Tihar jail for the past six years and I appeal chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to get him shifted from Tihar Jail to Kashmir as he has been harassed and beaten by jail authorities.”
Farooq Ahmad Malik of Sopore, whose son Ahtisham, was recently thrashed by the Authorities at Tihar jail, where he has been languishing for the past six years , said, “My son was beaten up on November 21 by Tamil Nadu Special Police (TNS) with iron rods.”
This incident took place around 9:30 pm and “my son bled till 12 midnight and after that he was taken to Tihar hospital where he was not treated well.”
The family members of the prisoners were joined by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in protest.
On the occasion, Malik urged the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), International Community for Red Cross (ICRC), Amnesty International, and Asia watch to come to the rescue of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in Tihar and other jails outside Kashmir.
“The only motive to lodge Kashmiri prisoners in Tihar jail is to create terror among them and to break their willpower so that they surrender,” Malik said.
Quoting the family members of prisoners lodged at Tihar Jail he said grave atrocities were committed on them.
“Whether it is a Jammu jail or Tihar jail, the jail authorities have converted jail cells into torture centres and this must end immediately,” Malik told reporters.
He said the orders of the Supreme Court of India are that the under trails must be kept in the nearest jails. Malik said all prisoners must be shifted to jails in Kashmir.
“I am here in solidarity with the family members of those kept in Tihar and outside jails,” he said.
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