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Addt’l deployment of forces at sensitive places on Eid-ul-fitr

Srinagar, Jun 13: Authorities have decided to make additional deployment of security personnel in sensitive places on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, with police and civil administration have been directed to monitor the situation closely on the festival in Kashmir.

Sources told Kashmir News Service that the government has directed police and district civil administration officers to be available at their district headquarters to monitor the situation on Eid-ul-Fitr.

Sources said the government has directed these officers not to leave the headquarters, without the prior permission of the designated authorities.

This step according to sources has been taken to keep proper vigil on the situation.

One of the top Police officials said that adequate security arrangements will be made across the state to avoid any law and order problem.

“The activities of all those youth who had been arrested, released on the charges of stone pelting in the past are being properly monitored,” the police official said.

“There will be additional deployment of security forces in various place in Srinagar, Sopore, Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and other places that witness frequent protests,” the official maintained.

A senior official said police was committed to ensure peaceful upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

“We are well prepared to deal with any situation and nobody will be allowed to disturb law and order,” he said.

Meanwhile sources said that the government was unlikely to release political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Hurriyat leaders have demanded the release of all the political prisoners before the Eid.

A senior police official wishing anonymity said that police was yet to take any decision over releasing of any political prisoners. “Moreover it was outside the domain of police to release any prisoner on its own. No such decision has been taken since we have to adhere the court orders before releasing any prisoner,” he said.

When asked police had released some political prisoners and stone pelters before the Eid in the previous years, he replied, “There is nothing such and they would have been released as per the court orders. Before Eid if any prisoner is released, it will be on the court orders,” the official maintained.

Release all prisoners before Eid: Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar, Jun 13: Demanding the immediate release of thousands of political prisoners lodged in various jails in and outside the Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) demanded unconditional release of all the prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr stating that the plight of Kashmiri prisoners was disappointing.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Hurriyat (M) said that people irrespective of their age as from 80-year-old to minors to women, continue to remain lodged in various prisons and majority of them are without trial and deprived for the all the basic facilities guaranteed in their respective jail manual.

Hurriyat (M) said that prolonging the detention of prisoners is nothing but a “political vendetta to break their resolve” but time has proved that all the inmates have shown a tremendous courage and patience despite remaining in prisons for decades together.

Hurriyat (M) said that in Kashmir, repression is being unleashed through military might to muzzle the rights of people and to force them into a submission.

It said that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various prisons that include Kotbalwal, Central Jail Srinagar, Tihar Jail Delhi, Udhampur, Kahtua, Hira Nagar and other prisons are facing tremendous hardships and even basic healthcare is not available to them.

Hurriyat Conference (M) said that the height is that Kashmiri prisoners are being kept with the hardcore criminals thereby raising the risk of them being getting killed or injured as seen a few months back in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It said that to crush the sacred struggle of Kashmir, Delhi let loose NIA and ED to arrest resistance leaders that include Shabir Shmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Shahid Yousuf Shah and others who have been framed in fictitious cases and continue to lodged in Tihar Jail without any justification and trial.

Hurriyat (M) said likewise, there are hundreds of prisoners, who are lodged in various prisons since past over ten, and twenty years that include Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shearti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Showkat Ahmed Khan, Abdul Gani Goni, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Javaid Ahmed Khan, Mehmood Topi Wala, Iftikhar Mirza, Feroz Ahmed, Pervez Ahmed Tariq Ahmed Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Muzafar Ahmed Dar Muhammad Ayoub Mirza, Nisar Hussain, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Lateef Budgami and dozens others who continued to stay lodged miles away from their homes in scorching heat. The Hurriyat said the other political prisoners that include Masrat Alam Bhat, Sirajudin Mir, Abdul Rashid Mughloo, Mir Hafzuallh, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yosuuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Asadullah Parray, Shaokat Hakeem, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Bilal Ahmed Kota, Farooq Towheedi, Ali Muhammad Bhat, Muhammad Yosuf Mir, Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Abdul Gani, Muhammad Subhan Wani, and others who have been booked under draconian PSA and continue to languish in prisons and various police stations.

Hurriyat Conference (M) said 18 youth who belong to downtown, have been booked in the case of DySP killing also continues to remain behind the bars. Similarly, the Hurriyat said that woman resistance leader Asiya Andrabi and her close aide, Fehmeeda Sofi also continues to remain lodged in the prison. It said that leaders that include Sirajudin Mir and Abdur Rashid Mughloo too have been slapped with PSA and are languishing in Kotbalwal Jail while as Sheikh Nazir Ahmed is also being forced to spend lifer in the prison.

Hurriyat (M) appealed international community and world human rights bodies to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and to play their role in ensuring their release by building pressure on the GoI and also help stop the ill treatment to these prisoners.