Have proof prisoners treated inhumanly: JRL ridicules DGP Prisons’ statement

Srinagar, April 19 (GNS): The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Thursday expressed serious concern over increasing human rights violation in the state, saying people pursuing the right to self-determination are facing “worst type of state-sponsored terrorism”.

In a statement issued to GNS, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed deep concern “over human rights violations, torture in detention enterers, molestations”.

The leadership appealed to UN Secretary-General and the international organizations for human rights to take cognizance of rights violations in Kashmir.

They ridiculed the statement of Director General Prisons before State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and said, “We with substantial proof can produce sufficient evidences before international human rights organization that detainees caged in state and outside jails are physically tortured and subjected to worst inhuman treatment.”

“The reports pouring in from different jails are horrific. The detainees are meted out with inhuman treatment, incarcerated students are not allowed to keep their textbooks, denied medical care, humiliated and intimidated on one pretext or the other,” the JRL added.

The international community should take cognizance of the appalling and deteriorating situation in Kashmir, the JRL said, adding that no rule of law exists in the state.

While referring to rape and merciless killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said: “it vindicates our claim that men in uniform are involved in heinous crimes and under draconian laws enjoy impunity”.

Demanding impartial probe by the UNO-sponsored agency, the leadership said that affected family in Kathua is being harassed and pressurized to withdraw the case against the accused and “state machinery is being utilized to hush-up the case”.

The JRL also strongly condemned the use of “brute” force against students and said that a situation in educational situations is turning explosive.

Blaming police for manhandling students in Anantnag, Kulgam Shopian, Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama and other places, the leaders said that students are our future and we are keeping close vigil over changing development.

“We will never tolerate this and won’t leave innocent students at the mercy of authorities. The direct and unprovoked interference from police are infuriating students,” they said.

Appealing people to maintain discipline and avoid confusion and disorder, JRL said during the campaign and protest demonstrations against Kathua incident, it is appropriate that we should maintain discipline as some mischievous elements are desperate to play foul and are hell bent to give an ugly turn to our peaceful demonstrations. (GNS)

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