Srinagar, July 20: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Friday expressed deep anguish and concern over the “worsening” health condition of prisoners, saying they are being “ill-treated” and subjected to “mental and physical torture” in jails.
Blaming jail authorities for the death of late Ghulam Hassan Malik alias Noor Khan, Hurriyat (G) in a statement issued to GNS said that no proper and specific treatment was provided to him.
“It is sheer political vendetta that detainees in jails in state and outside jail are ill-treated,” the statement said.
While lashing out at jail authorities for their “callous and inhuman” approach, Hurriyat (G) said that unavailability of medical care and “substandard quality” of food is taking a toll on their health.
“On one pretext or the other they (prisoners) are harassed, intimidated and subjected to political vendetta,” it said.
Appealing international human rights organizations for their cognizance, Hurriyat (G) impressed them to visit jails and see for themselves the plight of these prisoners.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson strongly condemned the authorities’ decision of detaining Gh Nabi Sumji in police station Bijbehara, and barring him from offering Friday prayers, terming it as “an open aggression and interference in religious matters”.
He said that Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani addressed the gathering at Masjid Hyderpora in Srinagar. He paid glowing tributes to late Gh Hassan Malik and extended his condolences to the grieved family.
Hurriyat leaders including Syed Mohd Shafi, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, and Bashir Ahmad Qureshi were also present and paid tributes to late Khan, the spokesperson said. (GNS)