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Detainees facing ‘hell like conditions’: Joint Hurriyat

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Srinagar, Sep 2: Joint Hurriyat Leadership Sunday expressed its deep concern on the plight and apathy of our incarcerated leaders and activists in various jails in and outside the state.

According to a statement, condemning the treatment meted out to the senior leaders and activists at the hands of jail authorities, the Joint Hurriyat said that the jails “have been turned into hell like interrogation centres where inmates are subjected to third degree methods of torture, worst form of degradation and humiliation.”

 

The Joint Hurriyat, in the statement, cited the case of Haji Abdul Gani Bhat, 65, of Sopore, presently detained at Srinagar Central Jail.

“He was forced to remain naked in the jail premises, while the brute jail authorities would laugh and enjoy by using abusive and un-parliamentary language,” the Joint Hurriyat alleged.

Terming “this gruesome and degrading incident” as a an indicator of moral bankruptcy of the jail system, the Joint Hurriyat demanded high level probe of this inhuman treatment of the jail authorities, not only in Srinagar Central Jail but also in all the jails in and outside State.

“Joint Hurriyat also castigated the “illegal” incarceration of the two sons of the Hizbul MujahideeenSupremo, Syed Salahudin at the hands of Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) and termed it a “sheer vengeance”.

Expressing its anguish on the “strangulation” of the freedom of press and journalism in Jammu and Kashmir, the Joint Hurriyat condemned the random arrests of journalists as a “ploy to adapt the undeclared censorship on the freedom of thought and press in Jammu and Kashmir in order to hide the human rights abuses committed in the broad day light.”