Srinagar, Dec 2: A deputation called on Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday and briefed him about the latest developments and recent thrashing incident in Tihar jail.
During their interaction with Geelani, the relatives and families of these detainees quoting reliable sources said that 18 inmates suffered injuries on the night of November 21 after they were “brutally” beaten up by personnel from the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) and the Quick Response Team (QRT) “without any justifiable reason”, Hurriyat spokesperson said in a statement.
Quoting the deputation, the spokesperson said, “The security personnel of TSP on 21 November in late hours in night, during their routine inspection of Tihar prison barged into the barrack ‘C’ of jail 1. They found a pillow with of one prisoner. Deeming it objectionable they questioned the said detainee and raised their objections. The trouble began after the TSP team began seizing the pillow covers of inmates while searching each cell.”
According to deputation, the said prisoner is ailing and doctor attending on him had advised him to use a proper pillow. Accordingly, the prisoner had sought permission from honourable judge, however the security guards objected and they entered into an altercation.
They said the infuriated guards unnecessarily barged into the barracks and started thrashing inmates and showered water on clothing, beddings and on other belongings of inmates. “Then they ruthlessly started beating these prisoners inside jail. Out of 18 prisoners, 17 were Muslims and one is a Hindu. The Kashmiris and particularly Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Mushtaq Ahmad, Gh. Jelani, Javid Ahmad, Ahtisham Ahmad were ruthlessly beaten and mostly received severe injuries on their heads and while as a few received injuries to their arms, neck and shoulders,” they said.
“They (prisoners) could not sleep all the night due to fear. No one came for their rescue even as they called for help. Instead of help QRT (quick reaction team) came in C & F barrack and started beating for an hour, said deputation adding that the jail inmates are now reeling under fear psychosis and long-term fearful atmosphere may have a deteriorating effect on their mental health.”
The spokesperson said Geelani assured the deputation of all possible moral help and said Kashmiris stand with them. “We equally feel your pain. It is ghastly act and has put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners in danger. It is a very sensitive issue and a matter of concern for all,” he said.
“All these prisoners are innocents and detained against false allegations,” said Geelani and demanded immediate shifting of prisoners to state jails.
Geelani while referring to Supreme Court ruling demanded shifting of prisoners to nearest jails. He appealed to international organizations including United Nations Human Rights Commission, Asia Watch and Amnesty International for their cognizance and stressed them to take notice of the “inhuman and hostile treatment” meted out to detainees lodged in Tihar jail. He also stressed them to take serious notice about indiscriminate use of Public Safety Act against Kashmiri prisoners. (GNS)