‘Authorities are subjecting prisoners to vengeance’
Srinagar, Jun 12: Syed Ali Geelani on Monday demanded immediate release of all detainees before Eid festival, & said that hundreds of leaders and activists have been lodged in far-flung areas of Jammu.
According to a statement issued to KNS, terming the approach of authorities as sheer extremism, Geelani added that infamous PSA is being repeatedly slapped on political activists.
Referring to continuous detention of Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Mohammad Rustum Bhat ,Ameer Hamza Shah, Mir Hafiz Ullah , Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Raies Ahmad Mir ,Mohammad Shaban Dar , Ab Gani Bhat , Danish Malik , Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Mohd Rafiq Ganai, Showkat Ahmad Hakim , Tariq Ahmad Gaia, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat ,Mohammad Yusuf Makroo, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Ab Hamid Parey, Sarjan Barkati, Mohammad Shafi Wagey, Mushtaq Ahmad Khandey, Showkat Ahmad, Mohammad Shafi Khan, Assad Ullah Parey, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Salman Yusuf, Mufti Ab Ahad ,Gh Hassan shah, Hakim u Rehman , Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Gh Mohammad Tantrey, Pervez Ahmad Kaloo, Ab Khaliq Regu, Ab Aziz Ganai, Gh Hassan Malik, Bashir Ahmad Bhat , Mushtaq Ahmad Mir ,Mohammad Ashraf Beg, Mohammad Ramzan Mir, Siraj U Din, Mohammad Sideeq, Safeer Ahmad Lone, Showkat Ahmad Dar, Shakil Ahmad Yatoo, Javed Ahmad Filey, Nazir Ahmad Mantoo, Mufti Nadeem, Mohammad Amin Parey, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Meraj u Din Nanda and scores others, Syed Ali Geelani said that since long these prisoners are languishing in different jails.
Syed Ali Geelani in his statement said that life prisoners including Dr Mohammad Qassim Faktoo, Dr Shafi Shariati, Gh Qadir Bhat and fifty others have been awarded life sentence and hence languishing in different jails.
Syed Ali Geelani said that during people’s uprising in 2016, more than twenty thousand pro-freedom people and activists were arrested and more than five hundred are still detained either in interrogation centers or in different jails.
In most of cases the detainees were bailed out and their dossiers were quashed by judiciary, however authorities instead of honoring court orders are ignoring all norms and rules, hence detainees are not released and slapped with PSA to prolong their detention.
Many detainees, though no charge sheet filed against them, are languishing in jails since long under the lame excuse of preventive custody, said Geelani.
He expressed his deep concern and said that despite sufficient space and accommodation in four jails in valley, scores of detainees are lodged in Jammu in these extreme temperatures.
Authorities are subjecting prisoners to vengeance, said he and added that it is state sponsored punishment for both these prisoners and their families.
Geelani while referring to haughty and callous approach of administration, said that even Judiciary and organizations for human rights are turning their blind eye to horrible reports about detainee’s plight and added that there is no accountability for this.
Syed Ali Geelani said that even though detainees are bailed out by judiciary, however police authorities disrespect these courts’ orders. Geelani said that these judicial institutions don’t take cognizance of the cases and it looks as If they are hand in glow with authorities and hence maintain silence.
Syed Ali Geelani while referring to elderly and ailing detainees, said that they are victimized, mistreated and no proper and specific treatment is being provided to them.
The situation in state jails is more horrific than those of Abu Grebe and Guantanamo Bey, said Geelani and added that facilities as per jail manual are denied to them.
In an appeal to ICRC, Amnesty International and international organization for human rights, Hurriyat Conference impressed to take their cognizance and use influence for immediate release of all detainees and provide proper medical treatment. (KNS)