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Geelani concerned over “plight of prisoners”

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Srinagar, January 28, 2019: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has strongly condemned the ill treatment meted out to the Kashmiri prisoners outside jails especially Tihar Jail and appealed the ICRC’s South Asian chief and world forums of human rights to use their good offices to end the long and continued custody of these political prisoners.

In a statement issued today, Geelani alleged that from the last week of December 2018 all the Kashmiri and Pakistani prisoners are shifted to jail no 8/9 and kept in a two story building of ward no 12, which is devoid of any ventilation or sunlight, making the poor inmates to shiver in this chilling cold of winter.

Hurriyat chairman said that authorities intended to bring in more convicts, which will further make the prisoners’ life miserable. He said that list of relatives to meet them is also shortened, which deprives them to meet their relatives. The food and drinking water supplied is also unhygienic and below standard, by which many prisoners are suffering from various health issues and sick inmates are left to battle for their life as no proper medical care is provided to them.

“These actions by the authorities are deliberate attempt to physically and psychologically harm these helpless people,” he said.

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