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Hurriyat concerned over condition of political prisoners

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Srinagar, January 17:  Expressing his serious concerned over the prolonged detention and the ‘ill-treatment’ meted out with Hurriyat leaders in and outside of jails, particularly in Tihar, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, has said that it was gross violations of human rights and also noncompliance of the norms of jail manual.

Referring to the deteriorating health conditions of Peer Saifullah’s, who is presently lodged in Tihar jail, and had reportedly fainted in bathroom, Geelani said that despite such grave health condition, the said political prisoner was not shifted to any hospital and rather taken to a nearby dispensary.

“Peer Saifullah is already a patient of Brain Tumor and has been operated two years back, but occupation forces and their local stooges stoop so low that they didn’t spare a cancer patient and lodged him in far flung jail with no legal proceedings,” Geelani was quoted as saying.

Terming the framing of several leaders by NIA as ‘fictitious and false’, Geelani further said that leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi, were victims of oppressive and coercive measures and were lodged in jails on fabricated cases. This, he maintained, would never deter the Hurriyat from pursuing the struggle for justice and basic rights.

He appealed global human rights organization, Asia Watch, Amnesty International, Red Cross and others to at least show their concern for these inhuman actions by India, to safe guard the life of thousands of our prisoners who are forced to live under constant mental, physical and psychological stress thousands miles away from their homeland.

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